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Project Envolve™ Mission One: Save Energy with your Holiday Lights!

I’m writing this post as a Project Envolve™ Ambassador. I have not been compensated for this post, but I did receive the items shown below to facilitate energy savings in my home.

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The approaching new year has me thinking about positive change. I’m welcoming new ideas, for sure, but also revisiting those things that are important to our family and strengthening our resolve to do better in 2014. Eating habits, exercise, living a little more consciously. We could use a brush up on all of those things. And now, as a Project Envolve Ambassador, I’m going to do just that with a REcommitment to saving energy every day!

One of the primary sponsors of the new Project Envolve campaign is PPL Electric Utilities. I’ve been a customer of theirs for years, and I’m delighted to help them spread their tips and inspiration for saving energy in the winter months. To kick thins off, they sent me this fun, very “mission impossible” looking bunch of materials, but they’re anything but TOP SECRET! I plan to share, share, share just how easy it is to save energy this winter!

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Look…lots of LED lights and timers to keep them extra-efficient!

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Why LED?

Energy Efficiency: It’s all about the lights!

Your decorative lights are one of the easiest low-cost ways to reduce your home’s overall energy usage, especially during the holiday season when lights are left on for most of the night. Luckily, using LED bulbs greatly reduces the amount of electricity your decorative lights use. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED bulbs only cost $0.27 for 12 hours a day for 40 days compared to $10 for incandescent bulbs. Plus, by using timers, you can make sure your lights turn on and off when you need them to.
Low Cost + No Cost = Big Savings!

Super-efficient LED bulbs are a great way to reduce your holiday energy bill, but the biggest savings are small, no-cost lifestyle changes. No matter how efficient a light bulb is it uses energy whenever it’s turned on. That’s why it’s important to remember to turn lights off when you’re not using them! Here’s a list of the Top 4 no-cost ways to save electricity. Adopt them into your daily routine, and you’ll be amazed at how much less electricity you use.

In the spirit of the season, the folks at Project Envolve have also sent along a few DIY crafts to help make your holiday a little more sustainable! Here’s an easy craft using your LED lights.

Here’s ours. The kids think we’re having a party all the time. :)

Holiday Light Craft

And, to make each gift a little greener, a fun way to turn newspaper into a holly jolly gift bag! (This one is great learning tool for kids!)

Look for more tips each month as our family gets back into the green/sustainable groove with help and inspiration with Project Envolve!

What are your best tips for saving energy during the winter months? Please share below!


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  1. Great tips! I love the way your lights turned out. Super cute!
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  2. We always use a timer for our holiday lights.

    Love the newspaper as wrapping paper tutorial!
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  3. We are saving up to have a heat pump installed in our house as our main heating source. It is so energy efficient and we are looking forward to saving lots of money and not worry about extra costs during the winter. I don’t have timers, but we have a rule that I only turn the lights on after dark and I always unplug before I head to bed.

  4. We bought a ton of LED battery lights this year because it just feels better. I do worry about all the battery use, but I think with using the timers it’s a lot more efficient. Thanks for sharing this brand, I hadn’t heard of them before!
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  5. Wow! Your craftiness is impressive. I’m confident my orbs would not turn out circular.

  6. This is such a great commitment for the new year! I can definitely do more to save energy.
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  7. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    This is one of my New Year’s resolutions. Anything I can do to save energy will be added to my “to do” list.

  8. Thanks for these tips! What beautiful lights too. I love how they help save energy!
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  9. Wow these are so cool looking and I love that they are energy efficient.
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  10. Great ideas… we put a door stop at the bottom of the doors to make sure no cold air is coming in or hot air is going out.. :)

  11. Love these ideas- I’m always looking for ways to get more green. Moving towards LED lights!
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  12. Those lights turned out great. My best energy tip is to turn the heat down at night.
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  13. This is a great program! Everyone can use some energy savings tips!
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  14. love those ping pong ball lights!

    We bought LED lights when we had to replace our outdoor lights and we put them on a timer so they are one from 4:30 to 12:30 (that way they are on when I get home from work and when my husband gets home). It’s a lot easier than remembering to turn them on and off!
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  15. This is a super cute idea! I love the way the balls glow–my kids would love these!
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  16. What great projects and feeling like we are contributing to the environment. (I still cannot put an empty soda can in the trash.. I have to search out for a recycling bin..)
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  17. Love this, what great ideas! Always looking to save and cut corners. Esp. around the holidays!
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  18. love the lights! we are always looking for more energy saving options for our home- and i LOVE the gift bag idea! that’s awesome.
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  19. This is so cute, and your kids are correct, it does look like a party is happening. I would love to get this for my boys. WHAT a great idea!!!!!
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  20. Great tips! I love all the ideas you gave us!
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  21. It is always a good idea to save electricity especially during the holiday season.
    We use timers for our indoor and outdoor lights. I love your DIY light project, very festive.
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  22. I love your lights (and so would my kiddos)! Thanks for sharing these great ways to save energy!
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  23. wow- those lights look so cool!
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  24. So pretty! I bet my cats would try to eat them. LOL!
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  25. I love your lights! And that is an awesome idea for a gift bag, never would have thought!
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  26. I really like that gift bag idea as a way to recycle them. I’ve been converting to LED lights and I think they’re almost all converted at this point. :)
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  27. What a fun project and they look super cool.. thanks for sharing; we put our lights out this year too..
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  28. What great tips. My electricity bill is high enough as it is!
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  29. The colored lights are FABULOUS!! Love the way you lined them against the framing like that :)


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