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Switching on Christmas lights is not a light expense

Austrians spend around eight million euros a year for Christmas lighting.

Light chains, illuminated Christmas figures and light bulbs take up enough electricity for 10,000 homes every year according to the Austrian Energy Saving Association (Energiesparverbands Oberösterreich).

They also said that one light chain with bulbs in five weeks costs around 10 euros to keep illuminated. The association's chairman Gerhard Dell said: "What many people do not realise is that by choosing the right product they can reduce their electricity requirements the Christmas decorations by 80%."

Is it that the most efficient were LEDs but it was also important also use a timing switch.

He said many people also underestimated the extra heating costs that were needed because a window needed to be left ajar so that an electricity cable could go outside for external Christmas lights.

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