Residents who choose energy-efficient indoor and outdoor lighting during the holidays can reduce their energy costs, do their part to improve the environment and enhance safety. Since 60 percent of electricity used in Montgomery County homes is generated by fossil fuels—coal, oil and natural gas—every household that uses energy-efficient lighting improves local air quality and reduces carbon emissions responsible for global warming.
Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encourages residents to consider newer lighting technologies to replace incandescent lights and mini-lights. Widely available options include LED (light emitting diode) lights, fiber optic trees and light timers.
LED lights have a number of benefits over conventional lighting because they:
• Use 90 percent less energy than conventional lights;
• Are cool to the touch no matter how long they are left on;
• Are safer ...more