With the holidays around the corner and decorating to do, being festive and saving energy should be top of mind. Be sure to read these energy efficiency holiday decorating tips before you get started:

Buy LED lights

Replace your old decorative lights inside and around the building with LEDs lights. LED light strings last for many years and use less energy, making them an ideal investment for this and future holidays seasons. By simply using LED products in place of fluorescent, halogen or incandescent lighting, your business can reduce lighting-related energy costs by up to 90 percent.

Limit hourly usages

 Use timers to turn lights on and off automatically.

Hang a wreath

You can still illuminate without lights. Festive options such as ornaments and tinsel have highly reflective properties, making them the perfect complement to traditional lighting options. Don’t forget the ribbons, wreaths, garland, and reflective menorahs, for electricity- free age-old traditions still bring holiday cheer.

Avoid inflatable outdoor decorations

Inflatables use the most energy of any holiday decoration, followed closely by animatronics.

Keep vents clear

Make sure displays, decorations and signage aren’t blocking vents. As much as 25 percent more energy is required to distribute air if your vents are blocked.

Instant discounts

Receive instant discounts on qualifying LED products at the time of purchase through DTE Energy Commercial Lighting Instant Discount Program.

For more holiday tips, read Give your Business the gift of Energy Efficiency. Have a safe and successful holiday season!