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Christmas lights could add £20 to homeowners’ winter electricity bill

A simple switch to energy saving fairy lights for tree and outdoor decorations could knock a staggering £20 off the electricity bill of the average homeowner during the festive period.

That is according to research carried out by Chippenham-based electricity company Good Energy.

The renewable energy company has calculated that replacing old, incandescent fairy lights with energy efficient LEDs could save householders up to £20 on their electricity bills.

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and CEO of Good Energy, said: “It’s surprising how much electricity Christmas lights use up. Switching to LED lights will save you money, and is good for the environment.”

Good Energy has joined forces with the National Trust to produce some top tips that will help people have a greener Christmas this year.

A National Trust spokesperson said: “Small changes like swapping to low energy lights can make a big difference to our carbon footprint and also our energy bills.

“At the Trust, we’ve installed around 74,000 LED light bulbs so far across the places we look after to help us to achieve our energy reduction targets.”

The renewable energy company and conservation charity’s top tips are available at