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to the Nay-sayers, Humbugs, Grinches, and any other Negative Commenting person out trying to destroy our spirit:

ok, I PROBABLY should NOT have done this, BUT, something about the negative comments left on a local newspaper (web site) about those of us that share their CHRISTmas Spirit just... well.. it got to me.

I tend to be a little more analytical, and electricity is something I have studied and TRY to understand. So, it all came together.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/life/story/583664.html?mi_pluck_action=comment_submitted&commentSort=TimeStampDescending&pageNum=1

What irritiates me MORE than anything else... is that we work for MONTHS to get ready to put up a display that helps us help our community. HOW Many people put out a "donations" box and/or collect money for a given Charity? We donate all of our time, electricity, labor, and more to pass on a little CHRISTmas Joy. And then we have those nay-sayers that do nothing but COMPLAIN about our energy consumption, and i quote;

I have always enjoyed the Chrismas displays. But I have to say that in this day and age I am hopeful that everyone is trying to cut back on our energy use throughout our daily lives. I few house house lights are one thing. I do, however, have a big problem with the monster light displays which many people have. I am truly not a grinch. Just trying to be responsible.

This REALLY BOTHERS ME!

We put on a show for aprox 4 hours a night for 35days.

I drove by a car lot on the way to go see another display nad I notcied how MANY lights they had on, at 11pm, and HOW amazingly bright it was..like daylight. Even with my conservative estimates, they use MORE THAN 14,580KW/h MORE than we do in a year for our displays.

We give to the less fortunate

Car Lots/Sales Lots Charge the less fortunate 29% interest rates on a vehicle they will be lucky to drive, without it breaking down, for a year, and I am WILLING to bet you it will Pollute more and cause a LARGER overall carbon foot print than we do for our 35 days of celebration.

/rant... sorry, I had to vent and stand up for us a little. I shouldnt get so emotional about it.

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The whole "energy conservation" movement is ridiculous. Not because it's bad to conserve energy-- it's because most of the people doing the squawking are either blaming the wrong people, or are telling others to reduce while they live in McMansions with electric bills bigger than my mortgage...

I'll start listening to these folks when they stop driving their Prius to the press event (from that airport that they flew their private jets into), and start looking at truly wasteful energy uses, such as you mention. I bet their summer A/C bill is a whole lot bigger than our summer A/C bill AND our Christmas display bill combined...

-Tim

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I am sorry you are upset. I can understand were your coming from. A lot of the energy worriers out there don't understand why or how we do our displays.

I for one am doing a small part in being a little energy conservative. All of the lights in our new home are CFL's. But that wasn't because I am worried about the environment, its because I wanted to save some money each month on our electric bill, I have two boys that like to leave lights on a lot. It just makes sense to save some cents.

Also a lot of those energy worriers don't realize that a most of us with animated displays are actually saving energy. For instance several years back we had 11,000 lights, our December electric bill was $330.00, the next year we jumped to over 40k lights and went computerized and our electric bill for that December was around $220.00, and both of those years had very similar weather and the time span of the bill was the same.

So along the lines of Tim's quote, usually the people pointing fingers at other people are doing it so attention isn't drawn to what there doing.

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Here, here!! I'm so sick and tired of the "energy police". It seems to me that these individuals just like to come out at this time of year to complain. In reality, I think that these "people" are just jealous because they lack the vision and creativity to execute a christmas display. Not only do you have to be creative year after year, but you have to be on top of technology, electrical safety, and proper rigging techniques. I relish the day when these small minded people just keep their comments to themselves and just say good job.

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to the Nay-sayers, Humbugs, Grinches, and any other Negative Commenting person out trying to destroy our spirit:

ok, I PROBABLY should NOT have done this, BUT, something about the negative comments left on a local newspaper (web site) about those of us that share their CHRISTmas Spirit just... well.. it got to me.

I tend to be a little more analytical, and electricity is something I have studied and TRY to understand. So, it all came together.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/life/story/583664.html?mi_pluck_action=comment_submitted&commentSort=TimeStampDescending&pageNum=1

What irritiates me MORE than anything else... is that we work for MONTHS to get ready to put up a display that helps us help our community. HOW Many people put out a "donations" box and/or collect money for a given Charity? We donate all of our time, electricity, labor, and more to pass on a little CHRISTmas Joy. And then we have those nay-sayers that do nothing but COMPLAIN about our energy consumption, and i quote;

This REALLY BOTHERS ME!

We put on a show for aprox 4 hours a night for 35days.

I drove by a car lot on the way to go see another display nad I notcied how MANY lights they had on, at 11pm, and HOW amazingly bright it was..like daylight. Even with my conservative estimates, they use MORE THAN 14,580KW/h MORE than we do in a year for our displays.

We give to the less fortunate

Car Lots/Sales Lots Charge the less fortunate 29% interest rates on a vehicle they will be lucky to drive, without it breaking down, for a year, and I am WILLING to bet you it will Pollute more and cause a LARGER overall carbon foot print than we do for our 35 days of celebration.

/rant... sorry, I had to vent and stand up for us a little. I shouldnt get so emotional about it.

Whenever anybody discusses energy usage with you, tell them that Al Gore wastes more energy in a month then you or I could conserve in a year. If you need the statistics, let me know.

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Whenever anybody discusses energy usage with you, tell them that Al Gore wastes more energy in a month then you or I could conserve in a year. If you need the statistics, let me know.

Yes PLEASE!

Thank you Very Much!

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The whole "energy conservation" movement is ridiculous. Not because it's bad to conserve energy-- it's because most of the people doing the squawking are either blaming the wrong people, or are telling others to reduce while they live in McMansions with electric bills bigger than my mortgage...

I'll start listening to these folks when they stop driving their Prius to the press event (from that airport that they flew their private jets into), and start looking at truly wasteful energy uses, such as you mention. I bet their summer A/C bill is a whole lot bigger than our summer A/C bill AND our Christmas display bill combined...

-Tim

Once again you take the words right out of my mouth.

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