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How Much Would It Cost To Light The Griswold Christmas Display in Montana

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Everybody has their Christmas traditions, leading up to the holiday. For me, it is wrapping presents while watching “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.” I actually watch the movie at least a half a dozen times every December. Outside of cousin Eddie and Grandma singing the “pledge of allegiance” instead of grace, I love Clark Griswold’s holiday light display. When he finally gets the house to light up, the whole town of Chicago dims slightly, until the back up nuclear power is switched on. That has got to cost a pretty penny when it comes to the light bill.

Our friends at Estately did the math, and came up with how much it would cost you to light your home with 25,000 lights. They did the calculations for both incandescent lights, which Clark uses in the movie, and LED lights.

Here is how they did the math

25,000 bulbs * 0.08 watts/bulb = 2,000 watts.
2,000 watts * (1 kilowatt / 1,000 watt) = 2 kilowatts
2 kilowatts * 5 hours per day = 10 kwh per day
10kwh * 31 days = 310 kwh
310kwh * each state’s average price per kwh

Estately calculated the cost for each state, and Hawaii came in number one for the highest cost. To power 25,000 incandescent Christmas lights for one month would cost a whopping $5,626. While running 25,000 LED lights would only cost $65.

Here in Montana, the cost to light your “Griswold family light display” would cost $3,152 for incandescent lights, and $36 for LED lights.

The cheapest state to power your Christmas lights is Louisiana. The Cost for incandescent lights is $2,582 and LED $30.

See how all the other states compared, and maybe consider the switch to LED. Because there is no way you are going to get that swimming pool with that kind of electric bill.

What It costs to power Clark's home

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