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How solar power can offset your Christmas light costs

January 15th, 2021 | By Roger Kuznia

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Christmas decorations are bright and beautiful. They also can require a significant amount of electricity. In fact, one estimate from 2016 holds that Christmas lights alone use up to 6 percent of all electricity in the U.S. during December!

That stat may hit closer to home now that you’ve taken down your holiday lights and received your December electric bill. The good news is that you could avoid those high costs with solar energy.

Keep reading to find out why you should be proactive now to potentially save on your electric bills next holiday season using solar energy to power your Christmas lights.

How much electricity do Christmas lights use?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, incandescent Christmas tree lights cost $10.00 to run for 40 days at 12 hours per day. However, electricity usage is different for everyone. The amount of electricity that your Christmas lights use depends on the following factors:

Type of light bulb

Any Christmas lights that contain halogen or incandescent light bulbs will typically use more energy than LED light bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs release 90 percent of their energy as heat, while LED lights use up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.

Amount of lights

If you cover your entire house with Christmas lights like Clark Griswold instead of lighting one or two places, then you’re more likely to see an above-average electric bill. Also, the larger your lights are, the more energy they use. If you want to save money, we recommend purchasing lights with smaller bulbs.

Duration of time your lights shine

Your lights use more energy the longer you leave them on, which can cause your electric bill to skyrocket. To prevent this, try hooking your lights up to an electric timer to save money & energy without lifting a finger!

Takeaway: Christmas lights increase your energy consumption no matter what. The good news is that solar power could offset those costs.

How does solar energy power your Christmas lights?

You can use solar energy to power your Christmas lights by generating enough electricity during the daytime and storing the excess energy in a solar battery for nighttime. If the outlet where you plug in your lights is one of the protected loads that can draw upon the stored battery energy, you can have lights powered by solar energy.

For more information about how solar panels can help lower your electric bills even during the holiday season, check out this case study.

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3 reasons to power your Christmas lights with solar energy

Here are three good reasons to use solar energy for your Christmas lights:

Save money on your electric bill

In the midst of buying gifts and planning holiday festivities, we could all use a little extra cash. When you go solar, you could save money on your electric bill and have a little more money in your pocket to buy gifts.

Go green

One string of incandescent Christmas lights can use 175 watts of electricity when they’re on during the holiday season. Solar panels let you generate electricity without having to worry about harming the environment or draining the earth’s natural resources. Go green today and reduce your carbon footprint.

Stand out from your neighbors

While solar is becoming more common all the time, the industry is still in its infancy. Having your home and Christmas lights powered by solar energy puts you in a select group of energy-conscious homeowners who stand out in a crowd.

Power your holiday cheer with solar energy

Don’t let this past December’s electric bills stop you from letting your lights shine next holiday season. Request a free quote to see your potential savings today or learn more about the cost of going solar!

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