Published: Dec 01, 2011 11:47 PM EST
Updated: Dec 01, 2011 11:50 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The holidays are here, and the lights are going up around southwest Florida. This year, flipping the switch doesn't have to drain your wallet.

The last thing anyone wants at the end of the holidays is a whopping electricity bill, but LCEC says if you're willing to spend a little more money up front it'll cut your cost in the long run.

You might not go crazy with your Christmas lights, but if you're stringing one strand, or one-thousand, LCEC has some words of advice: go with LED lights instead of the old incandescent kind.

"But if you're going down the long haul, they're going to last you longer and consume quite a bit less electricity so depending on how much lighting you're having around your home inside and outside will have some impact that way," said LCEC official Doug Barker.

Here's the math for the cost of electricity: say 800 lamps, which is a few strings, left on 12 hours a day, the entire month of December: the cost from LED lights are a little more than $3.00.
The cost from incandesent lights are $33.00.

"We were all interested to find out what the savings would be," said Elmer Tabor.

Tabor is in charge of the Cape Coral Holiday Tree. Last year, the lights on the tree were switched the LED lights, and in a three week period, the savings rolled in.

"We went back two years ago and calculated the tree raised my electric bill $80.00. Last year we checked and the tree increased my electric bill by nine dollars," he said.

If you want crazy, or quiet, holiday cheer shouldn't have to cost an arm and a leg.
You're going to see all lighting in the future will basically be LED, it's where to go," said Barker.