ElectricChoice.com Calculated How Much Americans are Consuming and Spending on Electricity for Christmas Lights Compared to the Rest of the World

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ElectricChoice.com publishes a post on their blog analyzing energy costs and consumption of Christmas lights. Among many other findings, an average 6' Christmas tree with regular (non LED) bulbs increases an electric bill $15-$20.

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Some states are spending as much money turning on Christmas lights as some countries spend in electricity in an entire year.

ElectricChoice.com has run the numbers and figured out much Americans spend on electricity with their Christmas lights every year.

In the piece published Monday on their blog, ElectricChoice.com took a close look at the cost of powering today’s most commonly used Christmas lights. These calculations highlight how much an average home can spend during the standard holiday season and even how much the fictional Clark Griswold character would pay to keep an extravagant display of lights up ($1,600).

For most consumers, though, a typical Christmas tree with a few strands of lights, lighted 8 hours a day for 40-45 days, would see an increase of $15-$20 in their electric bill.

Using the national average kWh cost of electricity, ElectricChoice.com has also calculated the average energy use per state and the potential cost that operating Christmas lights can have on the United States as a whole. Further number-crunching also shows how much this compares to some other countries.

“Some states are spending as much money turning on Christmas lights as some countries spend in electricity in an entire year,” says Lisa Chowski of ElectricChoice.com. “We wanted to draw attention to these startling facts in hopes that the average consumer is aware of the potential costs that could come when they start stringing up their annual Christmas light display."

The feature not only goes into details about the costs of different types of Christmas lights and outdoor decorations, but compares the energy costs to how much it costs to perform other household tasks. The feature provides samples such as comparing the cost of running three strands of icicle lights during the holiday season to washing 50 loads of laundry. The article also informs readers of some of the ways that consumers can save on their energy costs during this time of year.

“Switching to LED lights, shopping around for new lower-rate energy plans and limiting the amount of time Christmas lights stay on are all small, easy steps that can really lead to tremendous savings for today’s customers” Chowski adds.

This new feature titled Electricity Costs and Consumption: Christmas Lights and Decorations in America was published on December 21st on ElectricChoice.com’s official blog.

About ElectricChoice.com: ElectricChoice.com is an electricity marketplace designed to help individual consumers and businesses find the right electricity rate and plan. Together with their parent company Eisenbach Consulting, LLC, ElectricChoice.com has helped over 50,000 homes and businesses procure energy.

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