The Cost that lights Christmas

Electric Choice

Dec 21, 2021

The demand for electricity shoots up every December, take a look at the overall costs of all the lights and energy we use during this season.

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to dust off the lights. Yes! It’s that time of the year where every street and every house sparkles, air filled with the sound of Christmas carols from the speakers and finally the heaters working overtime to keep us from the cold winters. The demand for electricity shoots up every December, and we need to prepare ahead to optimise our usage.


Let’s take a look at the overall costs of all the lights and energy we use during this season. According to Electric Choice, - Christmas Tree: 100 mini lights use about 45 watts per strand. 1000 lights at 45 watts per strand are 450 watts to light up the tree. This is equivalent to the watts used to power your 55-inch flat-screen TV - Outdoor string lights: 100 of these lights use 500 watts of energy. 20 strands of these lights are needed to cover a full house which goes up to a massive 10,000 watts of energy.


This is equivalent to the energy needed to heat a 1,500 square ft home with an electric furnace. - Outdoor tree lights: 20-foot trees require 20,000 lights which consume around 175 watts per strand of 25 lights. If you have 80 strands, that is about 14,000 watts of energy per tree. This is equivalent to running your dryer, oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster all at once. A lot of electricity is consumed by the trees. - Christmas Decorations/Accessories Requiring Electricity: Decorations like all creatures, Santa, snowman, use about 120 watts.


This is equivalent to using your computer monitor. - Icicle Lights: They have 95 lights and use about 6,056 watts of energy. Three strands of these lights are about 18,168 watts of energy. This is equivalent to washing 50 loads of laundry. By adding them up and using the national average kWh rate which is about 12 cents per KWh, we get the overall costs of how much energy is used in this holiday season.


It amounts to a total of $1, 620.03 spent for 45 days. With this point of view, saving about 1 cent per kWh can help in saving $3.00 a day, leading to $135 over the 45-day season.


Opting for energy-saving devices like Force can instantly help reduce your electricity consumption and your bill. Make the most of this season, choose Force!