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Recycle old holiday lights

Posted Dec. 16, 2015

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Do you have a pile of burned-out holiday lights sitting around in the garage? Are you replacing old light strands with energy-efficient LED lights? Don’t throw out your old holiday lights — recycle them.

Drop off unwanted lights at a Fort Worth drop-off station by Jan. 31:

  • Brennan Drop-off Station, 2400 Brennan Ave.
  • Southeast Drop-off Station, 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway.
  • Old Hemphill Road Drop-off Station, 6260 Old Hemphill Road.

The stations are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Stations close at 5 p.m. the day before holidays.

About LED lights

Depending on your holiday lighting enthusiasm, a home can save $10-$250 each holiday season by switching to LED holiday lighting. This is because, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED holiday lights save up to 90 percent of the energy used by traditional incandescent holiday lights. LEDs are also safer, sturdier, longer-lasting and easier to install.

For every old holiday lighting string recycled and replaced with more-efficient LED holiday lighting, 19 kilowatt-hours of electricity are saved over the course of the holiday season. This is the same amount of energy as a common CFL household light bulb would use if left on for 24 hours a day for two months straight.

LED holiday lights have become so mainstream you can find them at most hardware stores, at big-box outlets and online. Though they do cost more upfront than incandescent, you’ll make the money back over time in electricity savings.

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