With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to stock up on sugary treats, carve pumpkins and search for a creative costume! It also might be time to find more energy-efficient outdoor lighting decorations. In 2014, the National Retail Federation (NRF) recorded that about 47% of Halloween consumers in the United States decorated their homes and yards, spending approximately $2 billion in total. Typically, the more intricate Halloween decorations available are on the pricier side and have lights and/or other features that require the use of electrical power. And when you're trying to make trick-or-treaters scream at the site of your spooky decoration display, you don't want to be screaming at the sight of your high electricity bill too.

What are the best lighting options for decorations?

As you plan your Halloween decoration display this year, consider some of the following lighting options so you ensure a more affordable, energy-efficient holiday.

Use LED lighting

Ditch the incandescent bulbs and switch to LED lighting. The U.S. Department of Energy explains that LEDs are the most cost-efficient, durable and long-lasting lighting solution currently on the market. You could use LED lighting in your string lights, spotlights or even in your jack-o'-lanterns! Also, LED products can last 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb and use 75% less energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Use solar decorations

Since the sun is a renewable source of clean energy, this lighting option uses no electricity whatsoever! As your solar decorations capture sunlight during the day, they light up your lawn come nightfall – just in time for the arrival of your party guests and trick-or-treaters. As solar power becomes a more popular product due to its known energy-efficiency, we might be seeing more solar-powered holiday decorations in the future.

Use candles

If you're looking for a more natural, eerie lighting effect, candles might be your best choice. However, try to find natural candle alternatives, such as beeswax or soy. Natural candles don't emit toxins into the air and burn much more cleanly. Also, candles are a great lighting option to put alongside the pathway to your door or to place inside your jack-o'-lanterns!

Remember to "power down" your decorations

At the end of a successful Halloween night – once everyone's fast asleep and full of sugar – be sure to turn off all of your electronic decorations. This will help save you energy and avoid higher energy bills in the long-run.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, families can save up to 20% on their energy bills if they make more energy-efficient upgrades around their household – and it's definitely worth the conscious effort. Check out this blog post for even more energy-efficient ideas to go green this fall season!

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