As we move further into the holiday season, I’ve noticed more and more beautiful holiday displays around the area. That’s one of my favorite things about the season. I am amazed by the beautiful displays that people create. As many of us know, these displays can come with a cost. The electricity increase on average for a standard light display is about 4.4 kWh per day, which equates to about $13.00 monthly, according to the Chicago Tribune. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but keep in mind that this is only an “average” display. Here’s some tips to help keep your costs down if you decide to decorate the “Griswald” way.
- Use energy efficient, or LED holiday lights. These bulbs have become pretty affordable, and use substantially less electricity than their traditional counterparts
- Turn off your lights during sunlit hours. Only display your masterpiece when people can enjoy it the most.
- Consider investing in a timer for your lights. Getting a timer for your lights will eliminate having to remember to unplug them before you leave for work in the morning. You can set a time for your lights to turn on in the evening, and to turn off before dawn.
These tips on holiday lighting and staying green should help you keep the money where it belongs this season. Happy Holidays!