Thanksgiving is officially over—which means it's finally socially acceptable to cover your house inside and out with small, colorful lights in the name of the holiday season. While strings of Christmas lights are festive and cheap, the cost to power them might not be. Click through for a Christmas light energy cost calculator, plus some suggestions for cutting costs.
Curious about how much your Christmas lights are costing you? Not until just now, huh? Something about the holidays makes smart "turn-off-the-lights-when-you-leave-a-room people" forget that powering those colorful lights (the ones draped on the tree and strung on the rooftop outside) can cost serious money.
To figure out exactly how much money, check out this cost calculator from Christmas Light Source.
Just gather up your boxes of light strings and type in the amount and kinds of different bulbs you're planning to string up. Then, find last month's power bill and enter your cost per kilowatt. The calculator will spit out a figure telling you how much it costs to power your light display each hour.
Go ahead, we'll wait.
Surprised? Yeah, we were too.
So how can you reduce costs and still keep up with the Joneses? It's easy Switch to LED Christmas lights (We love these from GE) and plug everything in to a timer; there's no need for the reindeer to be lit up at 3 A.M.
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