Decorating our homes with lights at Christmas time is a family tradition many of us enjoy each year.
Ausgrid energy efficiency expert Robert Simpson said it shouldn’t cost you a fortune to run those lights if you shop with purpose.
If it’s time to update your Christmas decorations, your first pick should be LED, fibre optic or solar-powered lights to keep your bills down.
Checking the packaging for energy use information is the simplest way to make an educated choice.
Solar-powered fairy lights charge up during the day so they can light up at night with zero impact on your energy bill. Make sure you put the solar panel in an area with full sun to get the best results.
A string of 100 energy-efficient LED fairy lights is cheap to buy and cheap to run. You can pick them up for about $15 and it will only cost you about 50 cents to run for the month of December, if you switch them on for 10 hours a night.
LED fairy lights use less than half the energy consumed by standard fairy lights and they should continue working for many years.
If you are going away over the holiday period turn your appliances off at the wall to limit standby power and use motion sensors or timers on security lights to save on your energy bill. Switching off the old second fridge before going away for extended periods can also reduce energy costs.
Christmas Decoration Energy use
- A 10-metre string of LED fairy lights – 100 lights - 50c
- Six-metre icicle decorations - 250 lights - 60c
- 20 LED indoor candle lights - 20c
- A string of 32 LED indoor Christmas tree star lights - 12c
- 20 LED Cristmas star garden lights - 20c
- * Estimated cost when switched on for 10 hours a day for a month