A CONSUMER champion has revealed how Brits can enjoy their Christmas lights without worrying about the cost.
Households across the country are looking for ways to save their money but are still enjoying the festive season as the cost of living crisis continues to deepen.
As Christmas approaches, people will want to decorate their trees and homes with lights, but they might be wary of incurring significant energy bills to run them.
Experts have come up with seven clever ways to enjoy the shiny decorations without breaking the bank.
Simple changes like the color of the Christmas lights and tracking the time they turn on and off can help reduce the cost of a hefty electric bill.
John Stirzaker, Online Consumer Expert at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “The moment you switch on the Christmas lights officially marks the start of the holiday season and will help get you in the festive spirit.
“While it’s a happy occasion, the rising energy bills affecting homes across the UK mean that the end of season lights can cost heavily.
“We wanted to find helpful ways to help people reduce the cost of starting the lights so everyone can decorate to their heart’s content – from switching to battery operated lights to turning them on and off by aligning them with the sunset .
“Whether you want to put up the Christmas tree on December 1st or traditionally wait until the first Sunday in December, these helpful tips can help you significantly reduce the cost of high electricity bills throughout the holiday season.”
The seven saving tips are:
Shop around by going to several supermarkets to compare prices, or if you have a blue light card – check where it’s eligible and make sure you’re making the most of the discount.
Garden centers are also a hidden gem for decorations and you could find a bargain.
The weekend of sales before December is the perfect opportunity to snag all the Christmas goodies – including decorative lights to celebrate the seasonal fun.
Sign up early for special offers to get 20-30% off Christmas Lights Packs to get there early and cut costs.
Surprisingly, the colored lights you choose to decorate with can have a small impact on your monthly expenses.
Blue LED lights are used with more expensive materials in production to achieve the standout color, so sticking with warm white is probably best to save money.
Once you’ve bought the lights, it’s important to keep track of how often they’re turned on, otherwise it could end up being a pretty expensive month.
When you check your weather app to see the time for sunset, use that time frame to automatically turn the lights on and leave them on all evening.
Make sure you turn them off before bed, otherwise the Christmas cheer will be wasted – and with it the amount of energy you’re using.
Buying a £2 battery pack for the life of the month can be almost five times cheaper compared to plug in lights.
Leaving the lights on for an extended period of time gradually increases the cost and can save an extra tenner on your monthly electricity bills.