TAMPA, Fla. -- Many people love lighting up their homes for the holidays. But turning on all those Christmas lights can quickly drain your wallet if you are not careful.
Duke Energy is offering up a handy lighting calculator to see how much your holiday lights will cost you.
The utility shows you how much money you can save by using LED lights instead of traditional incandescent lights.
The cost of illuminating a string of one hundred 2" LED 100 watt bulbs for six hours a day is about six cents a day or a $1.80 for a month.
Duke Energy estimates it your cost to plug in a string of one hundred 2" 700 watt incandescent bulbs will be about 42 cents a day or $12.60 a month.
LED lights use over 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, generate less heat and lower your risk of burns and fire. They also can last up to ten years longer than incandescent bulbs depending on use.