PEORIA, Ill., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Illinois residents, who are taking advantage of a stretch of pleasant late autumn weather to begin their holiday decorating, will find they can save cash by decking the halls with ENERGY STAR qualified decorative lighting, the Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) advise.
ENERGY STAR qualified holiday lighting strings consume 75 percent less electricity than old-fashioned conventional incandescent light strings. Also, Ameren Illinois Utilities (AIU) customers can extend the life of their holiday lights by up to 10 times when they switch to ENERGY STAR qualified lighting.
If all holiday light strings sold in the U.S. this year are ENERGY STAR qualified, electricity usage could be reduced by more than 2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), an amount equal to the annual electricity usage of more than 192,000 single family homes. In addition, ENERGY STAR estimates that greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by an amount equivalent to the emissions from about 300,000 automobiles.
Many ENERGY STAR qualified light strings feature LED (light emitting diode) technology. LEDs are exceptionally efficient. For example, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power as many as 140 LEDs, the number of LEDs in two 24-foot strings.
Other advantages of ENERGY STAR qualified light strings:
Consumers also may want to consider solar-powered outdoor holiday decorations, which are especially useful when an outdoor electrical outlet is not readily available. Solar-power decorations should be placed in sunny locations to assure their batteries are properly recharged.
Additional energy savings tips plus information about incentives and rebates are available at the Ameren Illinois Utilities Act On Energy® Web site (ActOnEnergy.com).
AIU also reminds customers that prevention is the key to electrical safety during the holiday season.
Electrical safety tips include:
The Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, AmerenIP) have been providing safe, reliable energy delivery service for more than a century. The Ameren Illinois Utilities deliver energy to 1.2 million electric and 840,000 natural gas customers in more than 1,200 communities within a 43,700-square-mile service territory, while helping you spend less by using less through our ActOnEnergy.com initiative.
SOURCE: Ameren Illinois Utilities
Web site: http://www.ameren.com/