Decking the Halls Without the Bills: How to Cut Costs on Outdoor Christmas Lights

Decking the Halls Without the Bills: How to Cut Costs on Outdoor Christmas Lights
As we approach the holiday season, many of us are already planning how to deck out our homes with festive decorations. And let’s be honest, outdoor Christmas lights are often the star of the show.

But with energy costs at the forefront of our minds, it’s important to consider the impact these dazzling displays can have on our electricity bill.

Fear not, dear readers, for in this blog, we’ll share some tips on how to cut costs without sacrificing the magic of LED Christmas lights and other outdoor Christmas decorations.

Let’s keep our wallets and our homes merry and bright this holiday season.

Type Of Lights
When it comes to decking out your home with outdoor Christmas lights, the type of lights you choose can have a significant impact on your electricity bill. There are two primary options to consider: traditional incandescent lights and energy-efficient LED lights.

Incandescent lights have long been the classic choice, emitting a warm and nostalgic glow that many of us associate with the festive season. However, they are not the most energy-efficient option. LED Christmas lights, on the other hand, are designed to be more eco-friendly and cost-effective. Not only do they use less energy, but they also emit bright and vibrant colours that can truly make your home stand out.

At Whitakers, we are proud to only sell LED Christmas lights. We understand the importance of reducing energy consumption without sacrificing the festive spirit. By opting for LED lights, you may initially spend a bit more, but they will save you money in the long run through lower energy bills.
Whether you're decorating indoors or outdoors, consider using LED lights this year. Not only will you be able to enjoy the same magical display, but you'll also be doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint. Remember, all Christmas lights and decorations sold at Whitakers are powered by LEDs, so you can feel confident in your sustainable choice. Make your home merry and bright without breaking the bank by choosing LED Christmas lights for all your festive needs.
Electricity Rates
The cost of running your outdoor Christmas lights can be influenced by your energy provider. Different providers may have varying electricity rates, which can affect your overall expenses.

To determine the specific cost, take a look at your utility bill and locate the per-kilowatt-hour (kWh) rate. This rate will be crucial in calculating how much it will cost to run your Christmas lights.
To estimate the cost, use the formula:

(Watts ÷ 1000) x Hours x Days x Electricity Rate = Total Cost.

For example, if you have 10 strands of LED lights, each using 10 watts, and you plan to have them on for 6 hours a day for 30 days at an electricity rate of £0.12 per kWh, the calculation would be:

(10 ÷ 1000) x 6 x 30 x 0.12 = £2.16.

So, in this scenario, the cost of running your Christmas lights for the entire holiday season would be approximately £2.16.

By considering the electricity rates and using this formula, you can have a better understanding of how much it will cost to illuminate your home with beautiful Christmas bulbs. Remember to check your utility bill and plan accordingly to ensure a merry and cost-effective holiday season.

Wrapping It Up
During the festive season, it's important to be mindful of energy costs. By choosing energy-efficient LED lights, like our range of Christmas string lights and decorations at Whitakers, you can save on electricity while still enjoying a festive display.
Remember to control the number of lights and their operating hours to further reduce energy costs. Be aware of your local electricity rates, and by considering all these factors, you can strike a balance between festive cheer and energy efficiency. Wishing you a joyful and cost-effective Christmas filled with beautiful Christmas bulbs!

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  • James Beesley