ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The organization operating New York’s electrical grid says holiday lighting is expected to add 750-800 megawatts of energy use this season.
The New York Independent System Operator says the electricity used by holiday lighting is approximately 4 percent of the New York’s average hourly demand for electricity.
The organization says the statewide impact of holiday lighting is equal to powering up to 800,000 homes.
But the usage is significantly lower in recent years thanks to more energy-efficient LED lights.
The Environmental Protection Agency says Energy Star certified decorative lights feature LED technology that uses 75 percent less energy than conventional incandescent lights.