When Christmas begins its approach, we all start to think about decking up the house with the tree, general tinsel madness, and of course, plenty of twinkling lights. Whilst this all sounds very festive and nice, do you give much thought to the cost of it at the end of the month, when the electricity bill lands on the mat and you’re wishing you’d scaled down the madness a little?

Of course, we should all be enjoying the festivities as much as possible, and if that means lighting up your house with a thousand fairy lights, then so be it! The only thing you need to bear in mind is ways to cut the cost of your electricity bill here and there, and it’s really not that difficult when you put some thought into it.

Switch to LED lights

If you hadn’t heard already, using LED bulbs not only saves the planet in many ways, but also saves your bank balance, because they are very economical over time. LED bulbs last longer than traditional bulbs, and because of that you won’t need to replace them as often; on top of that, they are better for the environment, and they don’t throw out as much heat, so you’re not putting yourself at risk of a fire within the house. These days you can get LED bulbs for pretty much anything, including your Christmas decoration needs.

Use battery operated fairy lights

You don’t have to plug everything into the mains, and battery operated fairy lights are a great way to add a cosy winter/Christmas feel to a room, without adding to the cost of your electricity bill. Of course, you’re going to have to buy the batteries, but these aren’t going to break the bank really, are they?

Be selective with how many lights you use

Do you really need a million lights outside when you’re sat inside all cosy, and you can’t see them? No you don’t! Be selective with how many lights you actually use, and keep them to the areas where you’re going to get the benefit, e.g. the living room. There’s no rule to say you can’t have the odd fairy light in the tree outside, but do you really need a huge, illuminous sleigh on the wall outside?

Don’t turn them on until it’s totally dark

If you can save an hour’s usage every day, that will add up over the space of the festive month. Only turn the lights on when it’s totally dark and you’re sat in the room where most of the lights are, again, probably the living room. This sounds like a common sense idea that you probably wouldn’t even think of, but if you’re guilty of turning the Christmas tree lights on before it’s dark, you’re wasting precious electric!

There is no reason you can’t enjoy a well-lit Christmas this year, without having a huge electricity bill falling on your mat at the month’s end.

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