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Holiday Tip of the Day: Save Money with LED Holiday Lights

Electricity bills can grow during the holidays if you decorate with strings of lights. Light-emitting diode, or “LED,” holiday lights offer a quality alternative to traditional lights and save both energy and money. The Department of Energy estimates that if every household switched to LED holiday lights, the country would save approximately $410 million in electricity costs. Learn more about the benefits of LED holiday lights.

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Seven Ways to Prevent Furniture Tip-Over Accidents in Your Home

Furniture and TV tip-over incidents are one of the top hidden hazards in the home. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) encourages you to inspect and anchor furniture and TVs in order to protect young children from a preventable tragedy.

Between 2000 and 2010, the CPSC received reports of 245 tip-over-related deaths, and more than 90 percent involved children 5 and younger. The majority of these children suffered fatal injuries to the head.

You can prevent tip-over accidents by following these safety tips in any home where children live or visit:

  • Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor.
  • Place TVs on sturdy, low bases.
  • Push the TV as far back on the furniture as possible.
  • Keep remote controls, toys, and other items that might attract children off TV stands or furniture.
  • Keep cable cords out of reach of children.
  • Make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
  • Supervise children in rooms where these safety tips have not been followed.

Learn more about preventing furniture tip-over accidents.

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Video description: Shopping for Light Bulbs

Video transcript:

Announcer: Light bulbs are getting more efficient. They use a lot less energy to give you the light you want.

Which means you pay lower energy bills.

Better light bulbs also mean a better way to shop.

You’re probably used to buying light bulbs based on watts.

But watts only tell you how much energy a bulb uses, not brightness.

If you want to know how bright a bulb is, you need to think lumens.

The more lumens, the brighter the light – no matter the bulb.

A traditional bulb uses 60 watts to produce 800 lumens.

But this bulb delivers 800 lumens using only 15 watts.

All these bulbs use different amounts of energy but produce the same amount of light.

How do you know which one to buy?

To help you decide, light bulb packages will have a Lighting Facts label.

It’ll tell you a bulb’s brightness, and an estimate of its energy cost and life span.

So the next time you shop for a light bulb, look for the lumens and the Lighting Facts label.

It’s a bright idea.

Tomorrow is the National Night Out for crime prevention and awareness. Learn how to participate.