Earth Calendar for December 3rd and December 4th

Dec 3, 2012

Energy use in the United States typically increases during the holiday season. 

At this time of year, festive holiday lights that decorate homes and neighborhoods across the country can drive up energy demand and home energy bills.  We can all hold on to the holiday spirit while saving energy and money this season. Look for holiday lights that have earned the Energy Star, which means they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Many Energy Star labeled strands use light emitting diodes (LEDs), which are more efficient than their traditional incandescent counterparts.  Energy Star light strands use about 70 percent less energy than conventional incandescent lights. The amount of energy used by just one incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs – that’s enough lights for two 24-foot strings!  LED light strands last up to 10 times longer than traditional strands and they are safer.  LED lights stay cool to the touch, which reduces the risk of fire.  Add a timer to your holiday lighting display to save even more energy so you can set the timer to turn lights on at night and off during the day.  Learn more about efficient  holiday lighting from Energy Star.  

On Our Calendar:  Enjoy live performances of festive holiday music by the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society and the Colerain High School Orchestra.  December 7th, 7:00 pm at Farbach-Werner nature Preserve Nature Barn.  For more information visit the Hamilton County Park District's website