Just before the July 4th holiday, the State Senate gave a huge boost to the prospects for clean energy in Massachusetts with a unanimous, bipartisan vote for a comprehensive energy bill (S.2372). The bill includes an historic commitment to offshore wind and a significant increase in the amount of renewable energy that would power our state by 2030. Senators also unanimously voted to adopt an amendment that would prohibit utility companies from charging ratepayers for pipeline construction.
Sen. Cynthia Creem (who represents most of Wellesley) offered an amendment to address gas leaks that was ultimately adopted in a redrafted version (click here to see text). Please contact Senator Creem to thank her for leadership on this important environmental issue (617-722-1639; Cynthia.Creem@
A House and Senate conference committee will now negotiate a final energy package to encompass both the Senate bill and a more narrow House energy bill (H.4385) that passed in June.
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The environmental side of him wanted to buy them, but the practical, yankee side wanted to buy the less expensive.
|Cost of string of 100 lights||$5.95||$19.98|
|Energy Usage per Hour||40||W||8||W|
|Hours on per night (4:30 to 10:30pm)||6||H||6||H|
|Nights on per year (Dec & Jan)||61||Days||61||Days|
|Energy Usage per Year||14.64||kWh||2.93||kWh|
|Electricity Cost per Year||$1.98||$0.40|
|Annual Electricity Rate of Increase (Average over last 50 years in US)||3%||3%|
|Total Cost over 8 years||$23.52||$23.49|
If you factor that into the economics the payback is even shorter.
The economics of LED lights inside the home are even better as you use those lights all year long. So, if you haven’t already bought your holiday lights for the year, make the smart choice and buy LED. If you have all your holiday lights up already, make the switch next year and start looking inside your home for other lights to switch.