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For many, outdoor decorations and lighting are as much a part of the winter holidays as gift giving and enjoying our favorite foods. With the rising cost in electricity, using LED (light emitting diode) lights can save you money without sacrificing your holiday display. LED holiday lights use 10 times less energy than mini bulbs and 100 times less than traditional holiday bulbs. For outdoor lighting, consider solar powered LED lights.
If you’re concerned about how holiday LED light strands compare to traditional incandescent lights, you’ll find you’re in for a wonderful treat. Here are some great, green reasons why making the switch to LED lights makes sense this holiday season.
LED lights are energy efficient. They can save up to 98% of the electricity needed to power incandescent light strands. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs — enough to light two 24-foot strings.
The environmental benefits of using LED holiday lights are numerous. They use less electricity, are recyclable and don’t contain ultraviolet light or mercury.
Because they generate less heat, LED light bulbs are cool-to-the-touch. There’s also less risk of them overheating and catching fire.
The cost is surprisingly affordable if you’re a smart shopper. LED Holiday Light Exchange programs from your local utility company and government are making it easier for consumers to switch. Consult the website of your local utility, city or county for holiday light exchange or reduced-fee programs.
Unlike incandescent light bulbs, LEDs don’t have a filament that might break or burn out. They have epoxy lenses that are almost indestructible, which means you can drop them or step on them and they’ll keep on shining brightly. LED bulbs can last for more than 100,000 hours. That means you could potentially have your LED holiday light set around for several holiday seasons.
LED holiday light strings that have earned the U.S ENERGY STAR® rating last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent strands. They are also independently tested to meet strict lifetime and electrical requirements. Check for manufacturers that offer five-year warranties.
With LEDS you don’t have to worry about your lights burning out if one fails because holiday light strands have tiny built-in fuses. Be sure not mix incandescent and LED strands together.
Holiday LED lights come in vibrant colors, bright lights and a variety of shapes and styles. You also get the same special effects like blinking, dimming and color shifting but with new and more efficient technology.
Since they’re made of plastic and aren’t breakable, like their incandescent forefathers, they don’t require the extra cardboard, special slots and packing material that the old ones do. This makes them lighter and easier to store.
By using LEDS you are can still create a big holiday light display while being eco-friendly.
Direct from the Designers House Plans, Home Plans, Floor Plans offers one of the largest collections of online green house plans, including an the only collection of ENERGY STAR® approved house plans to assist homeowners and builders in building innovative, flexible and sustainable homes.
“The designers and architects of Direct from the Designers believe in creating innovative, energy-efficient green house plans that utilize all the latest green building techniques and products to make it easy and affordable for consumers and builders to build an authentic green home without sacrificing aesthetics,” said Christine Sears, Managing Director of Direct from the Designers. “We wanted to take it a step further by providing consumers with a comprehensive resource center called Green Living where they could read about the latest interior and exterior home building products, get inspiring home design ideas and tips and find the latest home product rebates and promotions.”
Articles like Building a Green Home, The Top 10 Commandments to Home Design and Gorgeous, Green Bathroom Products are key to assisting home builders in making informed decisions about green products and building techniques so they can determine how green they want their new home to be.
If you want to stay in touch with the newest green house plans from Direct from the Designers and read the latest articles added to Green Living, you’ll want to sign-up for Dream Green, a free weekly newsletter, showcasing the latest in green home building products and inspiring design ideas.
You’ll find cutting-edge designs like The Evergreen Cottage, which took first place in a recent ENERGY STAR/Green house plan competition, The Greenview House Plan, a contemporary two-story, perfect for narrow lots and the Award-winning Craftsman previewed each week in Dream Green.
Designers Direct House Plans celebrates its success as one of the leading online house plan providers for consumers and builders with a new, eco-friendly weekly newsletter called Dream Green. Dream Green is an informative weekly newsletter that offers practical advice and guidance, spotlights the latest green products and building technologies and provides in-depth articles on the latest trends and news related to building a green home.
Designers Direct House Plans continues to add new, innovative, energy-efficient designs to their existing collection of best-selling house plans, which are available in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes to make finding the perfect house plan an easy and enjoyable process.
Since it’s inception, they have added new innovative collections like ENERGY STAR® approved house plans, green house plans, fabulous kitchen designs, outdoor living spaces, a 3D collection and much more.
“In one short year, Designers Direct House Plan has become a top online house plan provider, where consumers and builders continue to come to find their dream house plans despite a global recession with the housing industry being the hardest hit,” said Christine Sears, Managing Director of Designers Direct House Plans. “I attribute our quick growth to having the best quality, energy-efficient house plans available online packaged in an engaging, progressive, easy to use website.”
Consumers can visit Designers Direct House Plans Green Living section, featuring the latest interior and exterior home building products and home design articles to build their new home. They’ll find everything from product slideshows, inspiring home product ideas and design tips, top green home products and money saving coupons.
Sign Up now so you do not miss a single issue of Dream Green, a FREE informative weekly newsletter to help guide and inspire consumers to build a green home. Every week you will also get a sneak peak at their newest, most stylish energy-efficient house plans.
Everything about this European house plan is green, especially the way it integrates the indoor and outdoor living spaces. From sustainable materials like stone and stucco to barrel tile roofs to energy-efficient appliances to eco-friendly floors, countertops and decorative millwork – this home is designed to last forever. This breathtaking design is filled with plenty of entertaining areas like the lanai, loggia, courtyard, porch and pool. Inside you can enjoy an open floor plan where the gourmet kitchen looks into the great room with fireplace and gallery.
You will also enjoy browsing our collection of new green house plans (all part of our first ENERGY STAR house plan competition), which you cannot find anywhere else. For more information on how to build or remodel a home to incorporate sustainable and energy efficient practices and products, check out the newly added Green Living section. It is packed with informative articles on the latest tips, trends and products so you can live healthy and smart.
This smart Craftsman house plan is ideal for small families, empty nesters and first-time homeowners looking for an efficient and flexible design. Don’t be fooled by the compact footprint of this smart floor plan. It features a generous great room designed for casual living with a large fireplace and open kitchen with an island and walk-in pantry. The flexibility of the floor plan continues to through to the bedrooms, which can easily be converted into a den or office
Total Square Footage: 1,624
Main Level: 1,624
Width: 50 ft Depth: 50 ft
This warm and charming Craftsman style house plan won 2nd Place achieves energy efficiency through the utilization of ENERGY STAR® rated materials and Green Building practices. This plan boasts the effective use of insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and efficient heating and cooling equipment so you will enjoy years of savings and total home comfort. Added design features include a covered veranda that can be accessed through the gorgeous master suite and two-story family room with fireplace.
Total Square Footage: 2,508
Main Level: 1,788
Second Level: 720
Baths: 2 Half: 1
This delightful cottage took 1st Place for its “Most Efficient Use of Space” in our Green House Plan Competition. This house is compact yet efficiently designed so you can enjoy daily living. In addition to the many energy saving features like insulated doors and windows, this house plan utilizes all of its available space to create a functional, affordable home. The kitchen features easy access to the washer/dryer, pantry and carport. A small eating bar and built-in desk make it easy for you to share time with your children while preparing meals. The second floor features two bedrooms with large closets and built-in desk and bookshelves to economize on space but not functionality. There’s also a flexible room that can be used as a game room or extra bedroom.
Total Square Footage: 1,628
Main Level: 870
Second Level: 758
Width: 41 ft Depth: 45 ft
This warm and charming Craftsman style home was “Voted Best in Total Home Comfort” in our exclusive new ENERGY STAR House Plan collection. By utilizing ENERGY STAR rated materials and Green Building practices this home achieves the highest level of energy-efficiency. This house plan boasts the effective use of insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and efficient heating and cooling equipment so you will enjoy years of savings and total home comfort.
Total Square Footage: 2,494
Main Level: 1,767
Second Level: 727
Baths: 3 Half: 1
Width: 53 ft Depth: 73 ft
This Craftsman house plan is one of the newest designs from our Exclusive ENERGY STAR house plans.
The first floor plan features energy-efficient entry and garage doors, along with eco-friendly flooring.
Second Floor Plan
In celebration of our new collection of exclusive ENERGY STAR® house plans, Dream House Plans recently released a special issue of Her Dream Home magazine to preview all of these innovative, eco-friendly designs from the leading architects and designers in the United States. These new plans were part of our first ever Green House Plan Competition, designed to inspire consumers and builders to build an energy-efficient and healthy home that utilizes all the latest green building techniques and features the best in green home building products.
You’ll find over 40 of the most amazing and energy-efficient designs offered in a wide range of architectural styles, sizes and amenities so you’re sure to find your dream green home.
The special green issue also features some great articles to help you create a healthy home environment. Find out about the best exterior products based on their performance and beauty in our article Stronger, Stylish Green Home Products.
Additional articles include The Top 10 Commandments to Home Design, which offers insightful tips to creating your dream home, as well as Our Editor’s Choice 5 Best Kitchen Appliance Suites. It may not be the most glamorous item you choose for your home, but insulation is key to providing your home with total comfort and efficiency while reducing your operating costs significantly. Insulation is Key Element to Your Home’s Efficiency is definitely word a read.
Check our blogs daily because we will be featuring a new green house plan a day to showcase the new collection. We’d love to know which one of these are your favorite so please share your thoughts and post a comment.
Staying current on the latest green home products and design ideas is easy by signing up for our free e-newsletter Dream Green.
Her Dream Home is a new digital magazine from the editors at Dream House Plans, featuring the most beautiful collection of house plans to fit your style and budget.
Find the best ideas and advice for building and designing your home all in one place. Get building tips and design ideas on everything from selecting the right house plans to designing your kitchen from the leading architects and designers in the United States. Find plans with flexible living spaces, gorgeous kitchens, pampering master suites, extended outdoor living spaces and much more.
Discover the latest green building materials and products from the only house plan company that has ENERGY STAR approved house plans. Learn innovative and affordable ways to be eco-friendly with new “green” materials and building practices.
“In addition to our continued effort with ENERGY STAR and our partners – Danze, Therma-Tru, Fypon, Wayne-Dalton, Owens Corning and Lumber Liquidators – to promote sustainable building practices we have converted all our publications to digital,” said Tammy Crosby, Editor-in-Chief of Her Dream Home. “You’ll find each issue filled with ideas, tips and information to help you improve the environmental sustainability of every aspect of your life – home energy, green building, remodeling, interior design, recycling, water conservation and indoor air quality.”
Her Dream Home features the latest in digital publication programming allowing readers to easily navigate and access links to learn about home products, green building practices and ENERGY STAR house plans.
The magazine can be downloaded and easily shared with friends, family and colleagues who are interested in learning how to create an efficient and healthy home environment.
The new Holiday Issue features wonderful green design ideas, informative articles and plenty of photographs to help you create a beautiful and festive home during this hectic time of the year. Get holiday decorating ideas like creating a spectacular eco-friendly holiday light display by using LED lights. Also, check out the “Top Ten Christmas Trees” to select the perfect tree for your home.
This issue showcases seven of the most popular house designs featuring great gathering places like open living rooms, great rooms with two-story fireplaces, gourmet kitchens with islands and elegant dining rooms. Each house plan has flexible living spaces so you can easily customize your dream home.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration to modify your existing home for the holidays or are eager to build a new home, you’ll enjoy browsing their collection of thousands of America’s best-selling house plans.
Enjoy reading the Holiday Issue and don’t forget to check out the premier issue – Fabulous Kitchens. The next issue will feature the winning house plans from Dream House Plan’s exclusive ENERGY STAR house plan competition. This new collection will be added to Dream House Plans Green House Plan collection and available for purchase in January.