We all love Christmas, but we all kind of hate all the bills we have to pay. We also love to decorate both the indoor and the outdoors of our residence, which is even worse for anyone, when checking the electricity bill. If only there was at least a way to cut down the spending in the jolly season… 🙂
No, you don’t always have to use an outlet!
Managing some Christmas lights is not that joyful at the end of the season and we’re not talking only about the electricity bill anymore. It’s no picnic to handle all those wires, not to trip in them and to always pay attention to them, especially if you have kids running around all over the place.
Thank God (or new era technology?) for all the good things is giving us these days. We’re not only talking about the batteries, or the solar lights anymore, but about the wireless, the home automation systems that make our lives and our electricity bills so easy to take 🙂
Some tricky tricks
There are many ways to cut down the electricity bill during the winter holidays, and it’s great if you could apply as many as you can. For instance, don’t hesitate to install light sensors and motion sensors on your lights so that you only have light when there’s somebody to notice it and…enjoy it at the same time.
As for the new technology, you may use all kinds of gadgets that use GPS on your phone so that you may switch your Christmas lights off when you leave the house. If that’s too much for you, play it simple with some solar Christmas lights that feature motion sensor so that they light up when you got neighbors coming over. Or intruders, as well 🙂
You may also use timers on your Christmas lights, along the light and the motion sensors. Now that we’ve already decided that you may use battery or solar-powered lights for Christmas this year. The automatic turn on/off for the solar lights is a great feature that spares you the trouble of turning on/off the lights. They simply turn on automatically once the evening has come and do the same early in the morning.
What to look for?
Using solar lights, this Christmas means you’re ready to have fewer wires around the house. As a matter of fact, it’s very likely that you have only some or none at all. You may easily find solar lights that have built-in solar panels, which means no wires whatsoever.
When getting solar lights, you need to check if they can take the winter temperatures and the snow. In addition, it’s not only about the lights per say, but also about the solar panels. They should be weather and waterproof, but also large enough for efficient charging during the day.
Winter times mean less sunlight, which is why you need the solar panels to be larger and exposed so that they get best sunlight during the day. We all know there isn’t much sunlight in the wintertime, so where you’re placing the solar panels is essential.
The batteries should also have a tough build and be weatherproof, for better performance. You want batteries that are rechargeable and hold their charge so the lights run all night long. After all, you did get the solar lights for cutting down all the Christmas spending.
As for the bulbs, it’s a great idea to go with the LED bulbs as they handle the difficult winter temperatures way better than the conventional bulbs. They also handle impact and snow rather well, presenting a longer life span. They light brighter, even though their light is somewhat special.
Let’s not forget the variety fact as you may find all kinds of colors for the LED bulbs. You can go from all white Christmas to fun and playful Christmas just like that.
Look for the Christmas lights that give you the chance to switch between the light modes. After all, there’s no Christmas without some playful lights!
Keep in mind that LEDs are also great because the risk for overheating is minimal, which means they’re safer when you have kids around.
One last tip
There are many ways to have a nice, colorful Christmas, without having to use even one outlet. You may feel like you’re spending the extra buck in the beginning, but, for the long run, you get to really appreciate the solar-powered lights. They should last for more than one winter and you only need to follow some tips when shopping for the first time.
We didn’t mention the part about how easy actually is to install the solar lights. Not to mention the part where you don’t need any electrician either!