Duke Energy offers precautions for putting up holiday lights

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Duke Energy has offered information to help customers save money, energy and be safe during the holiday season.

Here is something that may surprise customers, Six 100-bulb sets of large, incandescent bulbs (600 bulbs total) plugged in six hours every evening can add up to $80 to a monthly power bill.

By comparison, six 100-bulb sets of similarly styled light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only about $7. Using six 100-bulb sets of mini-LED bulbs would increase a monthly power bill by only $1.

Holiday lighting reminders:

  • Before installing lights, check each set – new and old – for damaged sockets, loose connections and frayed or bare wires. Discard or replace damaged sets before using.
  • Never use more than three standard-sized sets of lights per extension cord.
  • Plug exterior lights into ground-fault interruptible (GFI) outlets only. If the home lacks outside GFI outlets, call an electrician to install them.
  • Dust your light bulbs regularly, as dirt absorbs light and wastes energy.
  • Before climbing a ladder, inspect it to ensure it's in good working condition and follow the weight limits specified on the ladder.
  • Ladders that lean against a wall or other support should be angled so the horizontal distance from the top support to the foot of the ladder is about one-quarter the working length of the ladder.
  • Never use a ladder for any purpose other than for what it's designed. Also, never use a ladder on or near power lines.

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