How energy efficient is Santa’s workshop?

December 16, 2020   By Caitlin Cosper

How energy efficient is Santa’s workshop?

The holiday season is in full swing, from twinkling lights to wintery temperatures. And for Santa, this time of year means his workshop is working overtime. But just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean Santa should have to pay more on his energy bills. To keep his electricity consumption in check, Santa makes sure his workshop is operating as efficiently as possible.

So, just how energy efficient is Santa’s workshop? SaveOnEnergy® is here with all the merry details.

Santa’s holiday lights

If one thing is certain, it’s that Santa’s North Pole workshop keeps the holiday spirit year-round. This means Santa likes to keep his Christmas decorations up even in the summer months.

But keeping your holiday lights up throughout the year can lead to a pricey electric bill. For example, 10 strands of 1,000 incandescent lights can cost around $80.48 to power for one holiday season. So how does Santa keep his energy usage in check?

He invests in LED holiday lights instead of incandescent strands. LED lights are much more energy efficient and normally cost less to power. 10 strands of 1,000 LED bulbs cost only $13.97 to power for about a month.

Santa’s sleigh

Gas-powered transportation can be expensive and can negatively impact the environment. Thankfully, Santa’s sleigh is powered mainly by his reindeer (and probably a little bit of magic).

Still, Santa has a lot of ground to cover if he wants to visit every home. According to the Business Insider, Santa needs to travel approximately 226 million miles on Christmas Eve. If Santa had to rely on gas to power his sleigh, experts estimate he’d be looking at a $54 million bill by the end of his travels. And using this much fuel would likely leave a huge environmental footprint because of his sleigh’s carbon emissions.

While the ins and outs of Santa’s sleigh aren’t public knowledge, our energy experts at SaveOnEnergy believe Santa likely uses a combination of reindeer power, magic, and a backup fuel source to ensure he can complete his trip. All told, his sleigh is fairly energy efficient and probably has the same environmental impact as an electric vehicle (which is very small).

The toy factory

With just a few days left before Christmas Eve, Santa’s elves are using the maximum amount of energy to meet their toy quota. The toy workshop is the largest energy consumer in the North Pole. Thankfully, Santa has invested in energy efficient appliances and tools to make sure his electricity bill doesn’t break the bank.

It costs a lot to keep the toy factory warm during the middle of winter. According to the EIA, about half of the average American household’s electric bills go to heating and air conditioning. Pair that with extremely cold temperatures in the North Pole and Santa could be looking at a huge heating bill. Thankfully, Santa opted for an Energy Star-certified HVAC unit, which helps him keep his heating expenses lower.

Santa’s elves also use power strips so they can easily turn off their tools and appliances at the end of the day. This helps protect them from energy vampires – or devices that consume energy even when they aren’t being used.

Santa’s home

Santa and Mrs. Claus have made sure their home is as energy efficient as can be. They’ve decked out their kitchen with Energy Star certified appliances, so the two of them can bake cookies year-round without wasting energy.

While Santa is making his rounds on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus enjoys reading by the fire. But believe it or not, the fireplace can let warm air escape from their home. That’s why Mrs. Claus makes sure to close the damper after she’s put out the fire. This way, their HVAC system can operate efficiently and keep their home toasty.

Santa also makes sure to check their home’s windows at least once a year. If there are any areas that need to be re-caulked, Santa makes sure to seal them with the right kind of weatherstripping so warm air doesn’t leak outside. With their HVAC system working efficiently, Santa and Mrs. Claus can enjoy the warmth without worrying about extremely high electric bills.


Caitlin Cosper is a writer within the energy and power industry. Born in Georgia, she attended the University of Georgia before earning her master’s in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.