In the rapid fire rush of holidays this time of year, we often forget to pay attention to some of the smaller details. Like how dark it’s getting! When the days are shorter we tend to turn on the lights sooner. It’s no wonder a number of holidays this time of year are focused on lights!
Since I’ve recently weathered an ice storm and power outages here in the Northeast, this thought is fresh in my mind: one candle may produce tens or a maybe hundreds of Btu’s of energy depending on its size and wax make up. But what does this little light and the few Btu’s produced mean?
An average household in the U.S. uses 90 million Btu’s for lighting, heating and cooling. During this time of year a lot of this is lighting! Think of all those tens or hundreds of Btu’s you use in your home no matter what the “candle” really is!
While I’m not sure there is a more energy efficient candle, (makes me think of a more efficient Flintstone’s car), we can change light bulbs and strings of lights that offer safety and savings all in one. This is a festive time of year, turn on the lights, keep yourself warm and give yourself the gift of energy efficient “candles” whatever they may really be.
Happy Holidays from all of us at GreenHomes America!