Trade your bulbs, save money this season

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s Home Depot is participating in a national campaign to encourage homeowners to celebrate the holiday season with more eco-savvy lights. The store is collecting old strands of Christmas lights in exchange for a discount on newer decorative lights that use LEDs.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that decorative Christmas lights around the nation eat up as much electricity as half a million homes.

LED-based light strings can reduce energy consumption and leave less of a carbon footprint and also a smaller energy bill for the homeowner.

Incandescent light wattage is generally 80-90 percent more than a comparable LED product. An average incandescent mini light draws approximately 0.408 watts of electricity per hour, while a 5mm LED produces nearly identical light on only 0.069 watts. To calculate how many watts are necessary to power a strand of lights, one must multiply the number of bulbs on the string by watts per bulb. For example, a strand of 100 incandescent mini light bulbs draws approximately 40 watts per hour, while a strand of 100 5mm wide-angle LEDs would consume approximately 6.5.

Last month, Montana-Dakota Utilities charged $0.03141 per kilowatt-hour of electricity. A Christmas enthusiast with a large house that displays thousands of feet of lights in addition to illuminated icicles from the roof, glowing wreaths on the doors and a few colorful figurines of santa and reindeer would pay $300 for electricity to power the display throughout the season with incandescent lights, but only $49 for the same setup done with LEDs.

Merchandising Assistant Store Manager Kevin Jay said Sheridan’s Home Depot will send the incandescent lights to a regional logistical center for recycling.

 

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Tracee Davis joined the staff at The Sheridan Press in July of 2013. She covers business, energy and public safety. Tracee grew up in Kemmerer and has lived in several locations both in the U.S. and overseas. Her journalism training stems from her military service.

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