Decorating your home and Christmas tree with lights has become a tradition for many Texas families. Depending on the type of lights you use as well as how many strings of lights you are putting up determine how much your electricity usage increase will be over the month of December. To help you stay within budget we are going to break down the cost of having Christmas lights, and when you are a Pogo pay as you go electricity customer, you can remain in control of your usage and spend this holiday season by making adjustments based on your daily usage.
The Real Savings Between Incandescent and LED Lights
The most common types of Christmas lights used today are; Incandescent Lights and LED Lights. If you are like me, you are big time into recycling and reusing what you can. Unfortunately recycling old incandescent lights may not be saving you money in the long run (or short run). Let’s say that you are Ebenezer Scrooge and only put up one string of lights. One 100-count string of incandescent mini lights runs at 40 watts. One 70-count string of LEDs run approximately 4.8 watts total. What this means is that reusing incandescent lights can cost you 90 times more than LEDs in the form of your electric usage and increase in the amount that you see on your electric bill.
Manage Your Electric Bill Increase
Most people use more than one string of lights to show their Christmas spirit. Looking at a typical household that uses about 10 strings of lights, and maybe some random Christmas decorations will spend anywhere from $10.00 to $15.00 over the course of a month if using incandescent mini lights. That same household would spend $1.50 to $2.50 with the same amount of LED lights. If you are like one of Pogo Energy’s, Christmas obsessed employees who’s house can be seen glowing from outer space, the savings is even more dramatic. She uses 7 strands of icicle lights, 4 strings of lights to cover the fence in her front yard, 2 strings on the porch, 25 strings to wrap the trees in her front yard, 10 strings draped from the branches, 5 strings to outline flower beds, 4 strings to outline the roof of her house, a big blowup Santa and light up candy canes, (we are planning an intervention). With incandescent lights, her electric cost over the course of a month would increase anywhere from $250.00 to $305.00. The same amount of LED lights would cost her $35.00 to $42.00 over the course of the month.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that incandescent lights will cost you far more year after year when compared to the cost of LED lights. All we are trying to say is that Christmas lights are awesome! But decorating using Christmas lights can end up costing you more than you bargain for if you aren’t smart about it. Stay in control this holiday season by knowing the truth about how much your lights cost in increased usage.
Happy Holiday’s from everyone at Pogo Energy!