How much does Christmas time really cost?


screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-12-33-22-pmChristmas is a joyful time of the year, until the bills start rolling in. It
may start with the credit card statement you’re in denial about or an
increase in water usage from having relatives stay. Most importantly, if you’re a passionate decorator, it may be power bill shock from illuminating your family home in all the colours and lights of Christmas.

Most people will join in on festive decorations without giving a second thought as to how much the lights or decorations may cost to run, or the difference in lights available to purchase, but have you ever wondered how much it will cost to run your Christmas lights?

Founder and CEO of Sumo Power Domenic Capomolla said the display size and choice of bulbs, whether traditional lights or LED, will influence your energy bill the most.

“It’s difficult not to purchase LED lights these days, but if you’re pulling a dusty set of lights out of the cupboard that you bought years ago, be mindful that traditional incandescent lights use up to 90% more power than LED,” he said.

Domenic said it might surprise some how little Christmas lights can cost if done smartly.

“The average decorator might use three sets of 200 fairy lights for five hours a night, which will only add a small $11.62 onto your bill for the month of December.

“But be mindful, the easiest way to waste energy, and the easiest way to waste money, is to run your Christmas lights 24/7.

“Expect to see an extra $55.80 slapped onto your bill for the month of December,” he said.

To find out how much it will cost to run your Christmas lights you first need to know how many total watts you will be using.

You then multiple this by 0.001 to find the number of kilo-watts, before multiplying how many hours a day you will be using them to get the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) and then how many days your lights will be on for.

It may sound confusing but there are calculators online to assist.

Domenic’s tips for reducing your power bill this Christmas

1. Choose energy efficient LED globes over traditional globes. Although they may be pricier to purchase, they’re a lot cheaper to run, using 80-90% less power to operate.

2. Use a timer to turn your lights off while everyone is asleep, there won’t be many people wandering around looking at lights at 2am.

3. Some people like to leave their lights on from November through to January, but if you’re money conscious, consider shortening the season and only running them through December.

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