Updated: Dec 17, 2019
Nassau Guardian - As the holidays approach, many consumers may be apprehensive about stringing a lot of Christmas lights around their homes for fear of increasing their electricity bills, but Chairperson of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s (BCCEC) Energy and Environment Committee Deborah Deal said there are ways to make the holidays special without blowing a fuse on your bills.
If you’re curious about how your traditional Christmas lights will affect your electricity bill, a single string of traditional incandescent mini lights with 100 bulbs will run about 40 watts of electricity.
Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) charges 10.9 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) for usage up to 200 kw and just over 11 cents for usage beyond that up to 800 kw.
The fuel surcharge stood at 16.8 cents per kwh during the last billing cycle.
Given the amount of lights you use, the cost can be pretty high.
That’s why Deal is encouraging Bahamians to use light emitting diode (LED) lights instead.