Two Thirds of Homeowners Considering Forgoing Christmas Lights

Oct 24, 2022
Christmas Lights
With the festive season fast approaching and the impact of rising energy prices never far from the headlines, we wanted to see what effect this is having on UK households’ plans for Christmas decorations.

Already, a number of councils such as Guildford Borough Council in the South East have announced they are either cancelling or scaling back their Christmas light displays to save money. Will this concern trickle down to households?

Two thirds are planning to forgo Christmas lights

Our survey of over 500 British adults revealed 69% of respondents are concerned or very concerned about energy costs and paying their utility bills this winter. Further to this, a staggering 68% of households are considering not putting up some or all of their lights this year thanks to current energy prices.

The cost of running Christmas lights 

 The exact cost of running Christmas lights depends on many factors. For example, the wattage of the lights, how long you’re using them for and the cost per unit of electricity. According to Festive Lights, each set of lights shouldn’t cost more than a couple of pounds to run. 


However, if you’re a Christmas maximalist and have multiple sets of lights up inside and outside the home, this could add up - especially if you factor in things like replacing broken bulbs. If you’re concerned about how having Christmas lights might affect your energy bills, here are six tips for keeping costs down:


1. Switch to LED lights 

LED lights use far less energy than traditional incandescent lights - at some estimates up to 95% less electricity. Swapping out your existing set of lights for eco-friendly LED replacements could be good for the planet, as well as your pocket. 


2. Use solar lights outside

You can also get solar-powered lights for use outside. These take in sunlight during the day and emit light when it gets dark. Not needing to be plugged into a socket, they also remove the need for an extension cord.


3. Choose battery operated lights

Although many Christmas lights are mains powered, you can get battery operated versions. These usually require a few AA batteries. With these sorts of lights, you can purchase the batteries and know you won’t get a nasty surprise in your next electricity bill.


4. Buy a plug-in timer

Plug-in timer switches are devices that can be programmed to switch on and off at certain times. Using a plug-in timer to control your Christmas lights means there’s no danger of them being accidentally left on overnight or while you’re away from home.


5. Opt for fewer lights

Each LED light bulb consumes electricity and therefore costs money to illuminate. Choosing a string of 50 lights rather than say 100 lights is a great way to reduce the number of bulbs you’re lighting and therefore your electricity bill. 


6. Ditch the lights altogether 

There are plenty of ways to decorate your home and throw yourself into the festive spirit without using Christmas lights. Read our guide on decorating your home for Christmas


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Survey conducted via OnePulse on 17/10/2022. Sample included 500 British adults.