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

Griswold Holiday LED vs Incandescent Bulbs gogreenlightenergy.com

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 gogreenlightenergy.com

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 gogreenlightenergy.com

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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