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What to Know Before Putting up Your Holiday Lights

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It's that time of the year for holiday lights to go up, inside and out. However doing things the wrong way could injure you and hike up your energy bill.

BJ Blanchette, Manager at The Home Depot in Fargo, joined us on the Valley Today this morning to show the right and wrong ways of putting up your lights.

Number one, Blanchette says, don't "daisy chain," meaning connecting multiple adapters off of one outlet. As the wattage grows your wires will heat up causing a fire risk.

Blanchette also warns to make sure your plugs are completely plugged into the outlet, otherwise arcing could occur also causing a fire.

You're also reminded to check your extension cords and make sure you have a three prong exterior safe extension cord in use when lighting the outside of your home.

When it comes to the type of lighting you use in your home, Blanchette recommends replacing your old incandescent lights with LED ones. They can not only be a safer alternative but add a major cost savings as well.

A single strand of incandescent bulbs can cost you $7.20 a month, whereas one strand of LED lights only costs $0.18 to run a month.  

 

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