Many Americans like to celebrate the holidays by stringing up lights to display to the neighborhood. These festive decorations can add up in electricity costs to an average of $20 a month across the nation. Hawaiians pay the most while Louisianans pay the least to light up their homes. Researchers found twinkling lights to account for the largest consumer of power, while switching to a lower-wattage bulb like an LED can more than halve the bill. The analysis was performed by a consumer research group Simple, Thrifty, Living.

Key Takeaways:

  • The type of lights and the state you live in can greatly affect your electric bill this Christmas.
  • The average cost for most Americans was $20 for an average display. Hawaiians paid over double the national average, at $46.
  • LED lights greatly help reduce the electric bill, with a significant reduction over incandescent lights.

“But to add to their neighborhood’s holiday ambiance, Americans must pay roughly $20 more on average on their electricity bills.”

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