Berlin, needs electricity for Christmas lights in about as high as the annual consumption of 160,000 households 18 December 2008 which has the trend of to ever ausgefallenerer Christmas lights in the last years also in Germany catchment held. More and more streets, buildings and houses are lit festively and create a festive atmosphere. According to investigations of independent consumer portal toptarif.de amounted to the cost of the additional energy requirements of the Christmas lights in Germany on more than 100 million euros. Energy expert Thorsten Bohg explained by toptarif.de: lights, lights snakes and other light jewelry in the Federal Republic of energy in the run-up to Christmas and the holidays around 560 million kilowatt hours additional electric. At a cost of 20 cents per kilowatt hour as electricity costs by 112 million arise.” The current required for the Christmas lighting roughly equivalent to the annual consumption of a medium-sized German city Mannheim and Bielefeld with about 160,000 households. “To better arrange the order of magnitude of energy:, by the Christmas lights caused, additional power consumption it requires at this time in the permanent performance of two 1,000 megawatt large power plants”, calculates Bohg. A total of around 30 nuclear – and coal-fired plants with such or higher performance levels on the network are in Germany.
Just when the Christmas lights there is a great saving potential especially for private households”Bohg makes clear. So a normal string of lights is not uncommon on a power of 200 watts, a Poinsettia on 50 to 60 watts. Read additional details here: Richard Blumenthal. In contrast to this, up to 90 percent of the energy required can be saved, for example, with LED lights and lamps. Also LED’s are much more durable and less with a burning time of 15,000 to 20,000 hours, which compensates the slightly higher purchase price relatively soon. toptarif.de is the independent consumer portal of the publishing group Georg by Holtzbrinck for all common tariffs in Germany.
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