Griswold Holiday LED vs Incandescent Bulbs

Here’s How Much Clark Griswold’s Christmas Light Display Would Cost In Every State

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is an absolute holiday classic. In the film, Clark Griswold strings 25,000 incandescent bulbs on his house in one of the most memorable scenes in movie history. But how much would that have actually cost him? Estately worked it out, and the answer is a lot. Here’s a breakdown of the electricity cost to run those lights for one month in each state…

Holiday Lights Griswold Incandescent Bulbs

And here’s how much running the same amount of lights would cost if he’d used LED instead…

Holiday Lights Map LED United States

Estately used the following formula to calculate the cost for each state…

25,000 bulbs * 0.08 watts/bulb = 2,000 watts.
2,000 watts * (1 kilowatt / 1,000 watt) = 2 kilowatts
2 kilowatts * 5 hours per day = 10 kwh per day
10kwh * 31 days = 310 kwh
310kwh * each state’s average price per kwh

And if you’re still thinking of following in Clark Griswold’s footsteps, here are the costs for each state…

ALABAMA: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $3,328

ALASKA: LED- $65 / Incandescent- $5,656

ARIZONA: LED- $40 / Incandescent- $3,464

ARKANSAS: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $2,829

CALIFORNIA: LED- $56 / Incandescent- $4,942

COLORADO: LED- $40 / Incandescent- $3,467

CONNECTICUT: LED- $59 / Incandescent- $5,146

DELAWARE: LED- $41 / Incandescent- $3,551

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: LED- $38 / Incandescent- $3,326

FLORIDA: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,090

GEORGIA: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,236

HAWAII: LED- $86 / Incandescent- $7,552

IDAHO: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $2,791

ILLINOIS: LED- $38 / Incandescent- $3,309

INDIANA: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,198

IOWA: LED- $39 / Incandescent- $3,450

KANSAS: LED- $40 / Incandescent- $3,505

KENTUCKY: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $2,840

LOUISIANA: LED- $30 / Incandescent- $2,582

MAINE: LED- $50 / Incandescent- $4,416

MARYLAND: LED- $44 / Incandescent- $3,808

MASSACHUSETTS:LED- $60 / Incandescent- $5,281

MICHIGAN: LED- $49 / Incandescent- $4,278

MINNESOTA: LED- $43 / Incandescent- $3,765

MISSISSIPPI: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $2,764

MISSOURI: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,054

MONTANA: LED- $36 / Incandescent- $3,152

NEBRASKA: LED- $38 / Incandescent- $3,347

NEVADA: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,033

NEW HAMPSHIRE: LED- $57 / Incandescent- $4,977

NEW JERSEY: LED- $50 / Incandescent- $4,383

NEW MEXICO: LED- $40 / Incandescent- $3,499

NEW YORK: LED- $57 / Incandescent- $4,986

NORTH CAROLINA: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,103

NORTH DAKOTA: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,222

OHIO: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,228

OKLAHOMA: LED- $34 / Incandescent- $3,014

OREGON: LED- $34 / Incandescent- $2,959

PENNSYLVANIA: LED- $44 / Incandescent- $3,844

RHODE ISLAND: LED- $64 / Incandescent- $5,558

SOUTH CAROLINA: LED- $39 / Incandescent- $3,456

SOUTH DAKOTA: LED- $39 / Incandescent- $3,388

TENNESSEE: LED- $33 / Incandescent- $2,864

TEXAS: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,019

UTAH: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,060

VERMONT: LED- $54 / Incandescent- $4,755

VIRGINIA: LED- $36 / Incandescent- $3,179

WASHINGTON: LED- $30 / Incandescent- $2,615

WEST VIRGINIA: LED- $36 / Incandescent- $3,144

WISCONSIN: LED- $46 / Incandescent- $4,006

WYOMING: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,201

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White House Letter

Science and the Public Interest: An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump and the 115th Congress

Thousands of scientists have joined in an open letter calling on the incoming Trump administration and 115th Congress to ensure that science continues to play a strong role in protecting public health and well-being.

The letter, whose signers include 22 Nobel Prize winners, asks the Trump administration and Congress to take action in four areas: creating “a strong and open culture of science”; ensuring that public safeguards such as the Clean Air Act remain strongly grounded in science; adhering to high standards of scientific integrity and independence; and providing adequate resources to enable federal scientists to do their vitally important jobs.

The text of the letter is below. If you are a scientist and would like to add your name to the letter, you can do so here.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Trump
and the 115th Congress

Scientific knowledge has played a critical role in making the United States a powerful and prosperous nation and improving the health and well-being of Americans and people around the world. From disease outbreaks to climate change to national security to technology innovation, people benefit when our nation’s policies are informed by science unfettered by inappropriate political or corporate influence.

To build on this legacy and extend the benefits of science to all people, including Americans who have been left behind, the federal government must support and rely on science as a key input for crafting public policy. Policy makers and the public alike require access to high-quality scientific information to serve the public interest. There are several actions Congress and the Trump administration should take to strengthen the role that science plays in policy making.

First, creating a strong and open culture of science begins at the top. Federal agencies should be led by officials with demonstrated track records of respecting science as a critical component of decision making. Further, recognizing that diversity makes science stronger, administration officials should welcome and encourage all scientists regardless of religious background, race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Second, Congress and the Trump administration should ensure our nation’s bedrock public health and environmental laws—such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act—retain a strong scientific foundation, and that agencies are able to freely collect and draw upon scientific data to effectively carry out statutory responsibilities established by these laws. They should also safeguard the independence of those outside the government who provide scientific advice.

Third, Congress and the Trump administration should adhere to high standards of scientific integrity and independence in responding to current and emerging public health and environmental threats. Decision makers and the public need to know what the best-available scientific evidence is, not what vested interests might wish it to be. Federally funded scientists must be able to develop and share their findings free from censorship or manipulation based on politics or ideology. These scientists should, without fear of reprisal or retaliation, have the freedom and responsibility to:

  • conduct their work without political or private-sector interference
  • candidly communicate their findings to Congress, the public, and their scientific peers
  • publish their work and participate meaningfully in the scientific community
  • disclose misrepresentation, censorship, and other abuses of science
  • ensure that scientific and technical information coming from the government is accurate

Finally, Congress and the Trump administration should provide adequate resources to enable scientists to conduct research in the public interest and effectively and transparently carry out their agencies’ missions. The consequences are real: without this investment, children will be more vulnerable to lead poisoning, more people will be exposed to unsafe drugs and medical devices, and we will be less prepared to limit the impacts of increasing extreme weather and rising seas.

These steps are necessary to create a thriving scientific enterprise that will strengthen our democracy and bring the full fruits of science to all Americans and the world. The scientific community is fully prepared to constructively engage with and closely monitor the actions of the Trump administration and Congress. We will continue to champion efforts that strengthen the role of science in policy making and stand ready to hold accountable any who might seek to undermine it.