Guest – Marla Esser
What types of holiday lights make sense today?
Everyone loves the holidays. You get to enjoy family traditions and pass them along to the next generation … but they take time and we don’t have an endless supply of time (how I wish we did). By adding extra activities to our busy schedule, it often means trying to do too much. It’s easy to end up so exhausted that we don’t enjoy ourselves. That’s why we’re hosting experts to share 24 holiday tips to give you tips for moving through the holidays with ease. We hope you enjoy these tips on using LED for all your holiday lights, to lower your electric bill and they'll last longer so you won't have to swap out burned out light bulbs as much.
Favorite Holiday Activity
Marla's favorite holiday activity started when her oldest was in kindergarten. They started making gingerbread houses (they actually use graham crackers) and they've continued the tradition for years (her daughter is in college). It's a fun evening and it's grown into a neighborhood party. We get to relax with our kids and as adults, catch up with parents and other adult neighbors in the area.
3 Tips: Using LED Holiday Lights to Save Energy
Marla's business, HomeNav.com, is all about helping create houses that are green. For her green starts with helping builders document the materials and techniques that make houses energy and water efficient. She also helps homeowners maintain their homes better, and we collaborate on home maintenance tips.
So of course Marla's holiday tips are about holiday lights, and specifically LED lights, which are available everywhere.
- Replace old holiday lights with new LED lights. They'll last longer, are easier to replace burned out bulbs and they're now available in many different products for inside your home, as well as exterior holiday lights.
- Recycle your old lights locally, or you can mail them to HolidayLEDs.com. Yes, there's really a website and company here (photo at right) and after shredding the lights, the sort them (pvc, glass, copper), to reuse the raw materials.
- Rethink your holiday light strategy as you can do much more with LED lights. They use less electricity so you can string more together without creating a safety hazard, you can run them on batteries (think front door wreath, candles in windows, etc) and they come in many colors so you can use them in new ways.
To listen to Marla and I talk about changes in lighting and the fun new LED light, click below …
Most Important Holiday Goal
For Marla, the holidays are a time for reconnecting with family and friends – she gets together with her sisters after Christmas. She loves catching up with people in person, over the phone (or Skype) and through Christmas cards and family letters with news about everyone's year.