Christmas lights and your electric bill

It doesn’t really feel like Christmastime until the houses in your neighborhood glow each evening with red, green and yellow bulbs strung along porches and hanging from trees. A classic but extreme example of holiday decorations is the Griswold’s display in the movie Christmas Vacation. It’s fun and festive but adding decorative lights both inside and outside of your home can cause a rise in your electricity consumption.

One way to minimize your energy consumption while still be being is festive is to invest in LED lights which are ENERGY STAR-rated and are 90 percent more energy efficient. They also last 10 times longer than conventional lights.

For example, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs — enough to light two 24-foot (7.3-meter) strings.

LED lights are also more durable and shock-resistant than traditional lights and because they are cool to the touch, there is less chance of personal harm or fire hazard.

To find out roughly how much it will cost to light your bulbs, you use this handy calculator.

Whether or not you are replacing your bulbs, there are some safety precautions you should always follow.

  • Use only UL-approved lights rated for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Never touch lights while standing in water or with wet hands.
  • Do not overload circuits.

Thank you flikr user Linden Tea for the photo of Christmas lights.