How To Save Money on Your Holiday Lights Displays

December 19th, 2016 by admin

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but also the least energy efficient time of the year. With heating bills rising and electric in your house being used more during the winter months, your christmas shopping bill won’t be the only thing to break your bank. However, you don’t have to be a scrooge in order to save money on your energy bill. Put your light display up and enjoy it too!

Holiday Lights Display

Light Display Costs

The amount of lights you choose and the kind of bulbs they utilize will influence the cost of your bill the most. The typical decoration light user will have a wreath, garland, and about 10 strings of lights. Using incandescent bulbs, this display would cost roughly $10.78 per hour, and the bulbs would only last about 3,000 hours. The same display, alternatively using LED bulbs, would cost about $1.63 per hour while lasting up to 100,000 hours. LED lights consume 80-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs.

Check out the chart below to add up how much electricity you use per hour for your display:

Ever wonder what the energy bill is for the people who go all out at Christmas with their crazy light displays? The house above uses 1,000,000 incandescent lights, which costs about $82,320 to power for a month. That’s estimated to be at about $686 dollars per hour for lights! However, if they switched to LED lights, their bill would drop down to $89 per hour and $10,680 per month…significantly lower than it is now.

Holiday Safety Tips

  • Don’t run into electrical issues like Clark Griswold experienced when too many lights were plugged into one outlet, causing a blown fuse. Inspect all of your decorations for damages that could cause serious shock or fire, such as frayed wires, broken cords, or loose bulb connections.
  • Match the power needs of the lights with extension cords and sockets. Overloading electrical outlets is a common cause of holiday fires. Only plug one-high wattage decoration into each outlet.
  • Never connect more than three strands of lights, because this can cause a circuit breaker to trip. LED lights will not only save you money, but they also run a lot cooler.
  • Always turn off all electrical decorations before going to sleep or leaving the house.
  • Check that all of your decorations and extension cords are for outdoor use. Some decorations are specifically designed to be able to handle outdoor conditions such as rain and snow, so if you’re using one rated for indoor use only, it can cause a fire or an electrical shock.
  • Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder when decorating because metal ladders conduct electricity.

Let JK Mechanical Help

Make sure your home is prepared to handle the decorations you decide to put up. JK Mechanical’s electrical services offer whole house surge protection and energy monitoring systems, so you can see how much your light display is costing you.

Should you or a neighbor go a little overboard and blow out the power in the neighborhood, JK Mechanical has standby generators to get you up and running again. Alternatively, make the switch to solar powering services.

For more information, contact the JK Electrical team at 800-JKM-0028.

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