Festive light exchange
I ask because Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas are launching the 6th annual Festive Light Exchange today at the St. Lawrence Market.
This program means Toronto residents can exchange two strings of incandescent holiday lights for one free string of energy-efficient LEDs. The program runs until December 6. Check out the schedule for neighbourhood swaps on the Toronto Hydro website. (They've also got instructions on making cute, eco-friendly ornaments.)
Not only is it a free holiday decoration, but it also should help lower your seasonal electricity bill. Toronto Hydro says these eco-friendly bulbs, which are supposed to last about 20 to 30 years, use up to 95 per cent less electricity, saving you money on your bill.
They also produce very little heat, which makes them safer for use around children and pets. Plus, they're virtually unbreakable, "because the chips that convert electricity to light are encapsulated in solid plastic, rather than glass bulbs."
I know I'll be opting for LEDs when it comes time to buy (my first!) strings of lights for my new home! And, if you are among those who don't think it's too early to be dreaming of holidays, check out our tips for greening the festivities.