Decorating the house, front door or balcony this season?

Here’s something to think about while debating the best time to untangle the knotted strands of lights that “someone” stuffed into the box willy-nilly last January.

Those older strings of incandescent bulbs cost more money to light up for the season than the newer — admittedly more expensive — strings of LED (light-emitting diode) lights.

That’s according to Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL), which has lots of smart folks on staff to run the numbers. LED lights use far less energy than traditional incandescent lights.

(Don’t think for a minute that I ran these numbers — I lean more toward words, although I am the household’s designated volunteer to string the lights along the roofline every year.)

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