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Some East Texans Are Dreaming Of A Green Christmas

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.

"Without the LEDs, I couldn't do it," he said.  Good said all of the lights he added to this year's display are LEDs.

He said one outlets can now run the 16 foot tree and several mini-trees, and all the arches in his front yard.  "We use 80 percent less electricity."

The Department of Energy estimates at least 2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity can be saved each month just by switching to LED lights.  That's enough to power about 200,000 homes for one year.

The trend is catching on.

John Braun is with Wilhite Landscape.

"They save quite a bit more power than the standards lights that we're using, so we're looking to move that way," he said. 

Next year, who knows how many more lights Good will add to his home, 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," he said.

According to Consumer Reports, a strand of LED's cost an average of 35 percent more than conventional incandescent bulbs, but they use considerably less energy, bringing down those holiday lighting bills.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

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