Tampa Electric offers tips for holiday lights
TAMPA, December 5, 2016
As folks deck the halls in coming weeks, Tampa Electric would like to offer a few handy tips for a safer, more energy-efficient holiday season.
Consider investing in energy- efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights. LED lights have dropped in price in recent years and are now available in more colors and styles. Our team of energy experts ran side-by-side evaluations of 600 LED and non-LED mini-lights—enough for a 6-foot tree. To light the tree for six hours a day for a month, the non-LED mini-lights cost about $4.50, and the LED mini-lights cost 60 cents—that is a savings of 86 percent. LEDs do not produce heat, so they reduce the risk of a fire and are safer than incandescent lights. They are also more durable.
At Tampa Electric, where safety is a top priority, we offer these additional tips for your home during the holidays:
- Make sure your holiday lights and cords are in good condition (no broken lights or frayed cords).
- Never string holiday lights on or near power lines. When using a ladder to install lights outdoors, look above your head before climbing the ladder to ensure you are not near power lines.
- Never place electric cords under a rug or door, or around a sharp edge or corner. Keep all cords away from high-traffic areas in your home.
- Never use indoor lights outside, and don’t overload electrical outlets.
- Be sure to turn off holiday lights before going to bed or leaving home – or use a timer, so it can do the work for you.
- If you have a natural Christmas tree, make sure it has enough water to keep branches from drying out, which can pose a fire hazard.
For additional safety tips, please visit us online at www.tampaelectric.com/safety.
Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 730,000 customers in West Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.