Can Using Christmas Lights Be Made More Environmentally Friendly?

During the holiday season, I really enjoy going about in the Collingwood area and seeing so many homes decorated for the holidays.  It’s that time of year again when people will start the process and it usually includes using Christmas lights.

I’ve been thinking about this topic because while I love seeing the holiday displays, I’m also an energy miser and have a bit of a problem with all that electricity being used.  I think there are some compromises we can make and I’m really interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this topic.

First, it now goes without saying that getting rid of the old traditional Christmas lights is long over-due.  LED lights use 90% less energy. 
 
Consider using solar powered Christmas lights outside.  I see Canadian Tire offers a fairly large selection of these but reviews are mixed.  If they work, great but if they don’t, they are simply landfill.  Has anyone used them locally?

Use fewer lights.  There is no need to go over the top unless winning a contest is critically important to you for some reason.  I’ve seen some really nice displays using natural materials illuminated by a single flood lamp.  How about a solar powered flood light?

I’d really appreciate your input, comments and ideas on this.


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