Posted by Hoyt Smith on December 14, 2010
This year our entire holiday decorating effort has been to hang a wreath on the front door. We’re off to snowy Colorado for Christmas so I thought we’d let the decorations rest this year. Others around our neighborhood have splashed lights around their houses with varying degrees of success and flair. There’s one “wonderland” type house a few blocks away. The owners add a little more to their one of a kind brick mansion every year. If you are looking for those “over the top” Christmas light shows check out the 12th annual Lights of the Valley website features about 350 homes across 93 cities / 22 counties of Northern California who have the best Christmas displays and decoration. The site features the best & brightest Christmas light displays from the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley areas – from Eureka and Redding down to Fresno. Here is the link.
Oh, and the cost of firing up those lights? One house in Delaware features 1-million twinkling lights…yes MILLION. The Faucher family has been adding a little more luminance to their brand of Christmas joy over the last 25 years. All that light sets them back a whopping $686 per hour. They’re on 4 hours/night for about a month. The energy bill? $82,320! If they switched exclusively to LED lights they could save $71,640 per month.