CLOVIS (KSMX) – With the holiday season in full swing, Xcel Energy has provided tips on saving money and staying safe when stringing holiday lights. Regional Manager Ronnie Walker says when choosing lights, think about “not only what they cost to purchase, but also how much energy they use.” They company says that although strings of LED lights still cost more to purchase than strings of traditional incandescent lights, they use a fraction of the energy traditional lights use, therefore having a minimal impact on a monthly electric bill. According to Energy.gov, traditional C9 lights for a six-foot Christmas tree cost about $10 to power for 40 days, while LED only cost about 27 cents in the same time frame. Additionally, LED are also safer than the traditional holiday lighting because they put off very little heat, and the epoxy lenses are more resistant to breakage. Customers should also check to ensure their light strings and extension cords are not cut, frayed or located close to a heat source.