3. F. DECORATIVE LIGHT STRINGS

  • A decorative light string that has earned the ENERGY STAR uses 50 percent less energy than an incandescent light string.

    Note: Savings are based on comparing the weighted average energy use of regular- and mini-incandescent light strings to the weighted average energy savings of regular- and mini-decorative light strings.
    Source: U.S. EPA
  • If all decorative light strings sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to about $45 million each year and 630 million pounds of annual greenhouse gas emission would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from nearly 60,000 vehicles.
    Source: U.S. EPA.
General Facts:
  • One hundred and forty million decorative light strings will be sold in the United States this year. These light strings have the potential to consume 400 million kWh /year, costing U.S. consumers over $46 million in electricity costs.
    Source: U.S. EPA.

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Updated: June 2013