Blog Post Wednesday 16 December 2020
Christmas is almost upon us and with that, Christmas decorations. Whether you like going all out when it comes to decorations (including your front yard and house) or like to keep it simple (indoor Christmas decorations are sufficient), the truth is, no Christmas decorations are complete without proper lighting. And while Chrissy lights can certainly bring out the holiday spirit, reality can strike right back in when the electricity bills show up. So, how can you enjoy Christmas lighting while keeping your electrical spending to a minimum?
The cost of running Christmas lights will ultimately depend on the type of light you use. For example, standard incandescent fairy lights consume about 40W per 100 lights. For one home, this works out to be an average cost of $17.79 per 1,000 bulbs through December. If we assume you’ll be using the lights for five hours each night for the whole month (30 days), the cost can be up to $34 dollars more than your usual bill.
On the other hand, LED Christmas lights are considerably cheaper. They should only add about $0.1 to $1 to your electricity bill over Christmas. LED lights are widely used nowadays, and their popularity is due mainly because of its energy-friendly qualities. LED lights consume, on average, about 1.2W to 2W of electricity per every 100 LED light bulbs; which is 90% less than the standard incandescent fairy lights. That said, if you’re after LED lights with extra features (such as the ones that twinkle) the energy consumption can double the 1.2W per 100 bulbs figure - however, even after this fact, LED lights still remain as the more affordable option.
If you would like to assess the situation yourself and know how much power your Christmas lights are actually using, you can easily work it out. Firstly, you’ll have to know your wattage (which is finding out how much watts you’ll be using). Then, you’ll have to multiply times 0.001 in order to find kilowatt hour. Now multiply by 5 hours a day to find kwh/day ratio, multiply again by 30 days to get the figure for kwh/season and lastly, multiply by your cost of power usage found on your electricity bill (should be a cent figure) in order to get the final cost.
If you feel like you’d want to keep your bills going down rather than up this Christmas season, there are several things you can do keep electricity costs down. Find some helpful tips below.
The jolly season is here and with that comes wonderful decorations! Making your home looking festive, pretty and colourful every Christmas is a nice tradition. However, things can take an unexpected turn when the electricity bill arrives, usually months after the merry season is over. Thankfully, by taking certain precautions such as knowing and calculating how much Christmas lights are costing you; choosing lights that are more convenient (such as LED or solar) and being smarter when setting up your display, you’ll be on the right track to avoid your bill from going up.