Why Is My Bill Higher After Christmas? Is it the Lights?
After the fun of the holiday season passes, some customers might notice an increase in their utility bills. You might think your decorative holiday lights are to blame, but those higher numbers are more likely due to a variety of reasons.
Dropping temperatures are usually the biggest contributor; colder temperatures mean heating systems have to work harder to keep your home warm and cozy. During the holiday season, many people do more entertaining and cooking. Having friends and family visit could also increase how much hot water is used for showers, etc. These factors contribute more to potentially higher bills than twinkling lights.
Here’s how much those decorations really cost: It costs $1.54 to run one strand of 100-light (40.8 Watt) mini-lights for 10 hours a day for 30 days. The typical family may use eight of those 100-light strands (800 lights) in their decorating. If they have the lights on 10 hours a day for 30 days, the cost would be $12.34. If you decorate like the Griswold family in the movie Christmas Vacation, you’ll spend a bit more. Fifty strands (5,000) lights will cost $77.11 if they’re on 10 hours a day for 30 days.
New LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights are more economical. Using the same examples as above, one strand of 100 mini-LED lights would cost just 26 cents; eight strands would be $2.08. The Griswolds would save money – fifty strands would be $13.04.