Electric Bill...How Much Do Holiday Lights Add To It?

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'Tis the season for bright lights, holiday decor - and sky-high electric bills. So how much is that holiday light display costing you this month?

It comes down to which type of lights you use - LED or incandescent.

Assuming the lights are on for six hours a day over 30 days, a string of LED lights will cost less than a dollar. But a similar-sized string of incandescent lights will cost about $3-5 over the same time span.

Multiply that by how many strands of lights you use, and you can figure out the impact on your bill.

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