The expense you forgot to budget for this Christmas

By Ceyda Erem ·

Ah Christmas, the time of year when food is in abundance, the weather is warm and the streets are filled with lights. 

And whether you like to go big or small on the festivities during December, Christmas time for many households often means kicking your energy usage into overdrive as the second fridge is switched on and the Christmas tree lights shine bright.

But have you ever stopped to wonder if adding a few extra lights would make a difference to your total energy bill? 

To put it to the test, Mozo crunched the numbers on the average usage of a few household items that get a bit more love during December. 

The result? 

An extra $173.16 added to your summer energy bill. 

Running your pool pump came out on top as the most expensive cost at $81.54, followed by the oven at $49.92 and using a second fridge ($29.12). 

And despite the popular belief that Christmas lights are the culprits behind higher summer energy bills, Mozo data found that these were, in fact, the smallest contributor at $12.58. 

The hidden cost of Christmas

And although this figure might not stop hearts, Mozo energy expert, Nathan Warne has still encouraged Aussies to stay ahead of the game. 

“While this might not make a massive difference to your household’s budget, it’s still worth being conscious of your usage over the Christmas period,” said Mozo energy expert, Nathan Warne. 

“And if you are on a tight budget this summer, setting some cash aside now can make all the difference when your bill arrives in the mail in then months ahead.” 

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Ceyda Erem
Ceyda Erem
Money writer

Ceyda Erem is Mozo’s authority on Energy, as well as having broader expertise as a personal finance writer. She loves to put her researching and writing talents into stories that help our readers to make more informed financial choices, whether that’s about finding the best energy deal or writing about the latest sneaky bank tricks. Ceyda has a Bachelor of Arts (major in writing) from Macquarie University.