How much are your holiday lights costing you?

Posted at 9:04 PM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 23:16:13-05

Holiday lights bring sheer, magic, brightness and color to the holiday season, but in some cases, it also brings a high electric bill. 

Some will say holiday lights are the best part of the season, despite the extra cost.

"I just think it's nice to pull up on the street and see all the houses lit up," said Kelli Felix from Bay View.

Felix has had her Bay View Home all aglow for a couple weeks. 

"It's part of the excitement of the season.  I do this every year wherever I live as many lights as I can put up.  If I had a bigger ladder there would probably be more," Felix said.

She hasn't had an energy bill since lighting up her home, so we plugged in the number to the "We Energies Holiday Lights Cost Calculator" to give her an idea.  

Around seven strands on for about five hours costs:

"Completely worth it. 20 cents a day for sparkly lights, I'll pay," Felix said.

For 25 years, Bridget Lenz has been changing her display and adding to it.

"I love to decorate," Lenz said.

She decked out her home the weekend after Thanksgiving.

"It just brings me a lot of joy," Lenz said.

Between her star shower and LED lights, she noticed a higher energy bill.

"Maybe $30 or $40 more," Lenz said.

We put the calculator to the test, without including her indoor lights, and it was right on at $1.02 a day.

Check out the We Energies Holiday Lights Cost Calculators here.