Christmas Lights and Your Energy Bill: How to Save Money

These Christmas lights tips can maintain that holiday glow while reducing your power bill.

Christmas lights on row houses
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Christmas lights are a festive sign of the season, but do you know how much they cost you to run during the holidays? The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) reports that lighting accounts for around 15% of an average home's electricity use. And at a time when inflation is still high and average Christmas tree prices have shot up 10%, every little bit helps. 

So we've rounded up some helpful energy statistics and tips on how you can whittle down your Christmas lights' impact on your bottom line. 

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Ben Demers
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Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.

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