Duke Energy offers holiday lighting calculator

Dec 3, 2013

Here's a fun fact as you get ready to flip the switch to turn on your holiday lights:
Six 100-bulb sets of large incandescent lights plugged in six hours every evening can add $80 to your monthly power bill (Ouch).

“Holiday displays are fun for families and communities, but can also add significantly to monthly power bills,” said Gayle Lanier, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief customer officer. “Fortunately, there are a number of efficient, budget-friendly lighting options available to help control costs during the holiday season.”

One of those more budget-friendly options is light-emitting diode bulbs.  Duke says six 100-bulb sets of  LED bulbs would only boost your bill by about $7.  Use mini LED bulbs and it'll only cost you a dollar.

You can estimate your holiday lighting costs using a calculator on Duke Energy's website.