OPTIONS TO KEEP IT CHEAP
CELEBRATING Christmas with lights doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you make smart choices.
Ausgrid’s energy efficiency specialist Robert Simpson says people in the market for new lights have plenty of energy-efficient options to choose from.
“We’re fortunate that our Christmas is during the summer months when nights are shorter, so there’s no need to have your lights on for a long time,” Simpson says.
“You can also choose solar-powered lights, which are great for outdoors but can be expensive to buy.”
If you’re decorating inside your home, Simpson says the key is to look for LED or fibre optic technology.
“A string of 100 LED fairy lights is cheap to buy and cheap to run, adding only about 20 cents to your electricity bill when run for 10 hours each evening in the month before Christmas.
“The older-style fairy lights are more expensive to run than LED.
“But no matter what type of lights you use, an easy way to save is to only switch them on for shorter periods. If the lights are switched on for four hours rather than 10 a night you can save 60 per cent on the running costs.”
Don’t forget other electrical decorations, such as motorised spinning Christmas trees, can use more electricity than Christmas lights if left on for longer, he says.
“Outdoors, solar-powered lights allow you to make the most of the sunshine so you can enjoy lighting up your home with zero impact on your energy bill.”
Those in the market for new lights have lots of energyefficient options, energy specialist Robert Simpson says.