The festival of Diwali happens in India every year and people everywhere put up lights and it is considered beautiful and the same happens in the West starting a week from now till the end of December. Why on one hand we teach our kids to conserve energy and on the other hand we are so wasteful about it? Why do we add to pollution just because it is a tradition? 
WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY? 
Go on and tell me the reasons for your choice in light of global warming and waste of resources.

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No festive lights on my house - might make planes crash into the hill I live next to. Then again most of the power transmitted to my house is hydro or wind generated.

If I had a greater reliance on fossil fuels for electricity I would certainly consider festive lights a much more frivolous waste of energy.
That's what i think Matt, and ours is the only house in the entire effin neighborhood without lights. so i always wonder what do people tell themselves when they know for sure it is a wasteful habit.
I've put up lights before because it is pretty and festive. I have put orange lights up at Halloween too. It is a dark gray season here so lights are nice for the solstice.

However we are getting older and I don't want my husband up on the roof doing that anymore so we don't.
Pretty and festive, dark gray season. does it justify wasting energy when you are sleeping or you are inside, your contribution to global warming and leaving a planet in ruins for your kids.
Well I am thankful to have low cost hydro-electric power here in the north west . Apparently they have discovered it is not so good for the salmon, but it is renewable energy, because it comes from rain and snow. And we have lots of wind energy farms. So not wasting and no global warming.

But we don't do it anymore anyway though lots around here still do.

My monthly electric bill normally is under $75.
They're beautiful.

Sometimes awesome.

The more the better!

Now does it justify the energy usage? Probably not. Does Las Vegas justify energy usage? You can really get spread out when you start thinking light that.
understandable, but does the wastage justify putting thousands and thousands of las vegas around the country. and what does it teach our kids about wastage. why do we put off lights early when it is earth day because somebody tells us so, and than we waste it for a whole month.
I know, I know, but it is just so damn beautiful!

What do you want? Do you want some PSA's suggesting to limit the time you have the lights on - have them on only so many days or only on certain days?

Or are you thinking more along the lines of laws being passed? That's a whole other can of worms.

There could be all sorts of suggestions to cut back energy wastage in terms of Christmas lights on the outside of your home.

I bet if something drastic happened and energy prices soared out of this world, no one would do it anymore.
Major source of electricity in america is coal and it is one of the largest producer of co2 emissions. I am more talking about personal responsibility than any laws and why do people choose to follow such mindless traditions
They choose to do it because it brings a lot of joy to see the beauty. That's the way I always looked at it.
Major source of electricity in america is coal and it is one of the largest producer of co2 emissions. I am more talking about personal responsibility than any laws and why do people choose to follow such mindless traditions

Festive lights seems like a silly thing to attack if this is your main concern. I'd wager that MP3 players use more energy than festive, seasonal lights. There are a host of other things that you could have used that use much more energy.
understandable, but does the wastage justify putting thousands and thousands of las vegas around the country

Probably. What is the "wastage", exactly? Do you know? I don't, but I doubt it is as much as all the computers running in all the world, year round, yet here we both are!

Bottom line is that festive lights during the darkest months of the year are good for morale and I think that the energy costs to run them (many are LED lights, nowadays) are minimal.

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