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LED lights provide cost-efficient alternative to regular lights

This season, more and more East Texans are dreaming of a green Christmas. For many, Thanksgiving rings in the holiday season, which means lots of folks are already decking the halls and homestead with holiday decor. KLTV 7's Layron Livingston shows us how you can keep things festive, eco-friendly, and cost efficient.

If it's Thanksgiving, it's Christmas at the Goods.

Since he first flipped the switch, Ken Good's winter wonderland of lighting whimsy has grown, doubling from 15,000 to 30,000 lights to 60,000 to nearly 100,000.

This year, Ken says pretty much all of the 30,000 lights he's adding to this year's display are LEDs. That includes the big tree, the little trees, and all the blue lights on the roof line.

"Two years ago, I just had these outlets added to the garage...that's all the outlets, that's going to run the whole yard," said Good. "This outlet alone can run the 16 foot tree and all the arches in the front, and all the mini-trees. We use 80% less electricity, so we don't have as many outlets added."

When it comes to conventional holiday lights, the Department of Energy says at least two billion kilowatt hours of electricity can be saved each month, enough power about 200,000 homes for one year.

Next year, who knows how many more lights Ken will add to the house - much to his wife's dismay.

"She says she wishes she kept her maiden name, and I said, Yes! She still wants to be married to me," laughed Good.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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