Lighting Up Houses For Christmas Is Becoming An Expensive Tradition Lifestyle News

Lighting up houses for Christmas is becoming an expensive tradition

Aussies love Christmas time but even more than that, they love Christmas light looking.

Every December, it’s become an age-old tradition to jump in the car with your whole family and drive around the suburbs, excitedly pointing out lit-up houses.

But is it a tradition that’s disappearing?

In a recent analysis done by, the comparison site found that over the four weeks of Christmas, Australians will spend a whopping $163 million on energy purely to power their lights.

The analysis also found over one million households go “all out” when it comes to Christmas time.

But with the high price of energy, this year only 11 per cent of families are going “all out”, meaning they’re having Christmas lights inside and outside.

The Petersons, a family who used to be part of the million Aussies to go to town with their festive lights, were forced to switch off their Christmas spirit due to rising electricity prices.

“We used to love decorating our house and we’d spend weeks getting all our lights and inflatables ready to go, but it just got too expensive,” Sarah Peterson told

The Petersons, a family-of-five in Western Sydney, were forced to tone down their Christmas light extravaganza when Sarah became pregnant for the third time.

“Having a third child, let alone a newborn, is pricey enough without the hundreds added onto our electricity bill,” Sarah said.

But despite the Petersons having to abandon their outside Christmas decorations, your house doesn’t have to be completely doom and gloom this festive season.

Bessie Hassan, money expert at, did admit that Christmas time in Australia can be wildly expensive but there’s ways to decorate your house without breaking the bank.

“Inflatable Santa, rope lighting, reindeers — the list goes on.”

“Getting into the spirit is great and can attract crowds and excitement — but households need to be smart about it and consider things like solar Christmas lights,” Ms Hassan said.

According to Ms Hassan, each set of 100 bulbs could be costing households around $2.70 over the four weeks of the festive season.

Peter and Sue Boddy, a couple from Brisbane, have been covering their house in Christmas lights for 20 years but rising electricity prices made them reconsider what they were decorating with.

“I’m using a lot more solar lights than I used to because of the cost of electricity,” Mr Boddy told the Courier Mail .

“I have solar power on the roof and I don’t pay a bill all year except for Christmas time. We’re still putting on ours this year but I’m sure the power price will scare some people off.”

And it isn’t just Christmas lights breaking the bank over the next four weeks.

Aussies are also forking out $1.3 billion over the summer months to pay for their air conditioning bills, according to new research from

“The typical split-cycle air conditioning unit consumes around 5.0 kWh and costs around 2.7 cents to run per minute,” the website’s energy expert, Angus Kidman told

“This might not sound like much but a full night’s sleep with the air con running can cost close to $13.”

More than 2.3 million households will waste power in Australia by keeping their air conditioning running when not home — which adds an average of $578 to their quarterly bill.


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