The electricity bill for booby-trapping Kevin McCallister in Home Alone would cost him £66 today

The booby traps set by Kevin McCallister in Home Alone would leave him with an electricity bill of £66 today, a new investigation has revealed.

Eight-year-old Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin in the 1990 film, set a series of traps to deter burglars from breaking into his family home after his parents went on Christmas vacation without him.

Kevin would have used at least 472.22 kWh of energy in the three days he was home alone, which today, due to rising energy prices and the cost of living crisis, would leave his family with a bill of energy of at least £66.19 ($80.65). .

Analysts point out that the young prankster have spent nearly five times the average in their local Chicago area, where the typical daily energy bill is $4.57 (£3.76). The UK daily average is £2.70.

Booby traps set by Kevin McCallister in Home Alone would leave him with an electricity bill of £66 today, new research reveals.

Booby traps set by Kevin McCallister in Home Alone would leave him with an electricity bill of £66 today, new research reveals.

The researchers determined that the most significant energy use comes from lights, both inside and outside, in the six-bedroom, six-bathroom Chicago home.

The researchers determined that the most significant energy use comes from lights, both inside and outside, in the six-bedroom, six-bathroom Chicago home.

Although it was released 32 years ago, Home Alone is a timeless Christmas classic.

Kevin uses a lot of electricity in his various schemes, from heating up a doorknob with an electric lighter to using a record player and a toy train track to mimic a party.

In light of the cost-of-living crisis, researchers at interiors brand Bobbi Beck analyzed the film to estimate how much money Kevin’s escapades would cost his parents if the film were set in the present day.

To calculate Kevin’s estimated £66.19 energy bill, Bobbi Beck investigated three areas of electricity usage: outdoor lights, indoor lights and TV usage.

Kevin would have used at least 472.22 kWh of energy in the three days he was home alone, which today, due to rising energy prices and the cost of living crisis, would leave his family with a bill of at least £66.19.

Kevin would have used at least 472.22 kWh of energy in the three days he was home alone, which today, due to rising energy prices and the cost of living crisis, would leave his family with a bill of at least £66.19.

During the infamous booby-trapped scene, we can see that all the lights in the 4,243-square-foot house are on, but Kevin turns them off as he leaves for church.

During the infamous booby-trapped scene, we can see that all the lights in the 4,243-square-foot house are on, but Kevin turns them off as he leaves for church.

The researchers determined that the most significant energy use comes from lights, both inside and outside, in the six-bedroom, six-bathroom Chicago home.

During the infamous booby-trapped scene, we can see that all the lights in the 4,243-square-foot house are on, but Kevin turns them off as he leaves for church.

D.ata estimates that Kevin would have spent £7.57 (or $9.22) on exterior lighting alone if the film was set in 2022.

With each side of the house extending around 20 meters, around 10 light sets would be required, consuming approximately 54kwh over the three days.

Kevin also spent an estimated £58.59 (or $71.39) on interior lighting.

To calculate Kevin's estimated £66.19 energy bill, Bobbi Beck investigated three areas of electricity usage: outdoor lights, indoor lights and TV usage.

To calculate Kevin’s estimated £66.19 energy bill, Bobbi Beck investigated three areas of electricity usage: outdoor lights, indoor lights and TV usage.

The data estimates that Kevin would have spent £7.57 (or $9.22) on exterior lighting alone if the film had been set in 2022. Kevin also spent an estimated £58.59 (or $71.39) on lighting inside

The data estimates that Kevin would have spent £7.57 (or $9.22) on exterior lighting alone if the film had been set in 2022. Kevin also spent an estimated £58.59 (or $71.39) on lighting inside

Kevin uses a lot of electricity in his various schemes, from heating up a doorknob with an electric lighter to using a record player and a toy train track to mimic a party.

Kevin uses a lot of electricity in his various schemes, from heating up a doorknob with an electric lighter to using a record player and a toy train track to mimic a party.

The researchers calculated that their home is 2.49 times larger than the average American home, meaning the family would have about 99.60 lights inside.

The lights are likely an older, less energy-efficient model, most likely 100W by Bobbi Beck’s researchers’ estimate.

They use 0.1kw per hour and because an average eight year old sleeps around 10 hours, the lights would be on for about 42 hours.

So Kevin would use 418kwh on interior lights, analysts estimate.

Although it is only a minor cost, the researchers also found that Kevin would have spent only 3p (or 4¢) on TV usage.

One of the most memorable scenes in Home Alone shows Kevin watching a gangster movie.

You have a television that is typically less energy efficient than a plasma and uses about 100 watts of electricity.

An average movie lasts 2 hours and 10 minutes, so the gangster movie alone would consume 0.217kwh.

Analysts point out that the young prankster would have spent almost five times the average in his local Chicago area, where the typical daily energy bill is $4.57 (£3.76).  UK daily average is £2.70

Analysts point out that the young prankster would have spent almost five times the average in his local Chicago area, where the typical daily energy bill is $4.57 (£3.76). UK daily average is £2.70

‘Home Alone is arguably the best Christmas movie of all time, especially known for its spectacular festive interiors. But rewatching the movie, the amount of electricity Kevin uses is truly shocking!’ James Mellan-Matulewicz, CEO of Bobbi Beck, on the film.

“That’s why we wanted to do the math to find out how much money it would have cost her parents in her three days of chaos.”

‘Most Britons are currently feeling the impact of the cost of living crisis, with energy costs and food prices soaring.

“Not only does this affect our daily finances, but it can also change our perspective on things, and Christmas movies are no exception…”

Author: Dilip Kumar Sharma

This is Dilip Kumar Sharma years of experience in the field of journalism, Dilip Kumar Sharma heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive Reporter.

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