Runestone Electric and Arrowwood team up for green holiday lightingEnergy-efficiency is on everyone’s mind this holiday season, from homeowners to business owners alike.
Energy-efficiency is on everyone’s mind this holiday season, from homeowners to business owners alike.
In that spirit, Runestone Electric Association is partnering with Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center to create holiday lighting that is both beautiful and energy-efficient.
Arrowwood will be maintaining its traditional holiday lighting scheme, including lighting more than 20 pine trees, but will be increasing efficiency and reducing costs by replacing incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
Arrowwood Resort replaced its traditional C6 Incandescent 60-bulb holiday light strings with C6 70-bulb LED strings.
On average, the LEDs will save Arrowwood approximately $924 this winter in energy costs based on the estimated use. In addition, the lights will last at least 44,000 more hours over their lifetime in comparison with traditional incandescent C6 holiday lights.
“Energy-efficiency is always a priority for us, and using LED bulbs to decorate this holiday season allowed us to beautify our resort and be more green at the same time,” said Jeff Wild, general manager of Arrowwood Resort. “It was the perfect solution.”
Homeowners can also increase the energy-efficiency of their holiday decor and save on lighting costs by switching to LED lights, according to Runestone Electric.
LED bulbs are durable, energy efficient, cool running and have a longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs, lasting up to 100,000 hours.
A traditional bulb used for holiday lighting uses approximately 6 watts per bulb, while an LED bulb uses just .08 watts. LEDs are now available in a variety of colors and styles.
To learn more about using LED holiday lights to make your own lighting display more energy efficient and safer this holiday season, visit www.mnbrighterideas.com.
Runestone Electric Association is located in Alexandria and serves more than 13,000 members in Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, Stearns, Otter Tail and Todd counties. It strives to provide its members with superior quality electric services and innovative energy solutions.