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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 03:10 AM

How much does it really cost to plug in Christmas lights on a 4 ft tree for a couple hours for 30

days and all day christmas eve and christmas day?


My high school friend is frustrated by her husband. He has not help her put up the tree because he doesn't wants lights on the tree because they will cost a few extra cents a week.

They are in a very good place this year. Both are finally working and making a decent wage. the average electric bill now is $60 a month.

Can 3 strands of Christmas lights cause the electric bill to jump that high?

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Reply How much does it really cost to plug in Christmas lights on a 4 ft tree for a couple hours for 30 (Original post)
diabeticman Dec 2014 OP
Archae Dec 2014 #1
diabeticman Dec 2014 #4
PoliticAverse Dec 2014 #2
diabeticman Dec 2014 #3
Shrike47 Dec 2014 #5
GreatGazoo Dec 2014 #6
Brigid Dec 2014 #7
diabeticman Dec 2014 #8

Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 03:12 AM

1. Depends on the lights.

My Mom still has those old big-bulb 1950's lights, but she never uses them any more.
Those sucked power like all get out.

The little bulbs are much better, hardly using any power.

LED's and fiber-optics use even less.

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Response to Archae (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 03:21 AM

4. They are new LED lights

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 03:20 AM

3. Thanks. I am laughing. doesn't increase anything.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 06:23 AM

5. She needs to ask him what his real problem is.

The lights cost bupkis. Maybe he has other, emotional, problems with the holiday.

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Response to Shrike47 (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 01:29 PM

6. Good catch.

The holiday is very trauma loaded for many people.

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Response to diabeticman (Original post)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 01:48 PM

7. Had they been through difficult financial times?

You mentioned that they were both *finally* working. Many who were kids during the Depression were tightwads for the rest of their lives after going through that.

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Response to Brigid (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 07:38 PM

8. Not really bad off. They had been working but they are now BOTH making double diget hourly pay.

His wife went from 8 dollars to 10 and he is making 11.38. But they used the term FINALLY working. I should have quoted. sorry.

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