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SAFETY


Save Money and Stay Safe with LED Holiday Lights As the seasons change and colder


weather arrives, we see homes, busi- nesses, and even entire communities starting to brighten up with colorful holiday decorations and lights. Light emitting diodes (LED) holiday lights offer a lower energy cost alternative to tradi- tional incandescent light strings and are a great way to show your holiday spirit while maintaining your smart energy sense. LED light strings are up to 90 percent more efficient and last up to 10 times longer than traditional light strings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. LED holiday lights are cooler


than incandescent light strings, reducing the risk of fire and personal injury. Each light does not have moving parts, filaments


RECIPE


Cranberry Hootycreeks This is a beautifully festive cookie in a jar recipe that makes a delightful gift.


5/8 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt


1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup white sugar 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans


Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Cranberry Hootycreeks 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.


4 December 2011 VVEC Power Circuit


or glass so they are much more durable and shock-resistant than other light strings. Bulbs are constructed of a


hard plastic, which makes lights safer to use since there isn’t any potential of broken glass. And because they use less power, it is safer to connect multiple strings of LED holiday lights end-to- end without overloading the wall socket. Energy Star-rated LED


light strings are inde- pendently tested to meet strict lifetime and electri- cal requirements. For a list of manufacturers and brands of Energy Star- rated holiday lights which have been tested for both energy efficiency and qual- ity standards, visit www. energystar.gov/lighting.


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