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Calculate costs for holiday lights, energy use

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Holiday lights on a Christmas tree. (File/FOX Carolina) Holiday lights on a Christmas tree. (File/FOX Carolina)

Whether you embrace a style of decorating much like the Griswolds or you only put lights on your Christmas tree, the holiday season can see rising energy costs.

Duke Energy offers a holiday lighting calculator to help save customers money and estimate how much more they may pay a month to trim the tree.

According to the utility company, six 100-bulb sets of large, incandescent bulbs (600 bulbs total) that are plugged in for six hours every night can add up to $80 to a monthly power bill.

But if you use LED bulbs instead, the bill will only rise by about $7, Duke Energy said. And if you used 600 mini-LED bulbs, it would only increase by $1.

Want to estimate the cost to run your Christmas lights? Duke Energy has an online holiday lighting calculator here.

For energy efficiency and safety, Duke Energy reminds customers to check every light set for damaged sockets, loose connections and frayed or bare wires before use. They say you should never use more than three standard-size light sets per extension cord.

Even a little dust may raise your energy cost, the company said, so dust your light bulbs regularly because it absorbs light and wastes energy.

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