Christmas displays down, rough economy to blame

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, December 19, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Big displays of Christmas lights are common this time of the year - despite the hard financial times. Some neighborhoods are cutting back on the lights, but not the holiday spirit.

Rhonda Cooper's front yard in Columbia County is full of lighted figurines and seasonal items and while she says she may be "tight with the lights" this year she makes up for it in holiday cheer.

At a time when many are struggling financially lots of people are cutting back on grandeur. Cooper says even though she didn't put out all of her displays this year and while the decorations and props may be "lighter" this year -there's still an abundance of good cheer.

Looking at the numbers - the average cost of enegery efficient or LEDs could help save on electricity. The U.S. Energy Department has estimated that lighting a typical Christmas Tree with incandescent bulbs 12 hours a day for 40 days would cost $23.95 in electricity. With LEDS the electricity would cost just 54 cents. That could become the trend in the future for those displaying those holiday lights.


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