Getting ‘green’ fairy lights on the Christmas tree could save consumers £20

Good Energy green fairy lightsA simple switch to energy saving fairy lights for your tree and outdoor decorations could knock a ‘staggering £20’ off electricity bill during the festive period.  

According to research carried out by electricity supplier Good Energy, people are needlessly wasting electricity and cash at Christmas time. Figures show that 1 in 3 Brits (32%) still don’t use energy efficient fairy lights whilst a sizeable 41% also confessed to leaving their lights on for more than six hours a day over the festive season.

The renewable energy company has calculated that replacing old, incandescent fairy lights with LEDs could save people up to £20 on electricity bills. 

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and Chief Executive of Good Energy, said: “It’s surprising how much electricity Christmas lights use up. Switching to LED lights, and being more careful about how long you leave them on for, will save you money – and is good for the environment too.”

And for Christmas Day itself, Good Energy has also come up with following five top-tips for an energy-saving dinner:

  1. Roast your vegetables alongside your turkey and potatoes instead of boiling unnecessarily on the hob.
  2. Only cook the right amount of food that you need. Cooking excessive amounts means much more energy is wasted.
  3. Put lids on pans when boiling to help keep the heat contained.
  4. Defrost your freezer before Christmas. It will run more efficiently and create space for any leftovers.
  5. Make items like mince pies in advance and cook them when using the oven for something else.

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