Energy prices won't ruin Christmas
ELECTRICITY PRICES won't deter residents from putting on the spectacular Christmas lights displays that Warwick is renowned for.
Christmas lights are an integral part of the festive season, but a steep incline in electricity prices over recent years means that locals are having to implement efficiency measures to cut down on power consumption over the Christmas season.
Warwick resident Jamie Taylor installed solar panels on his Bisley St home seven years ago, and hasn't had a power bill since.
Mr Taylor has been putting on impressive Christmas displays for a decade, and the solar panels make a big difference.
"In the early stages we were getting about $150 - $160 extra for the month with the lights,” he said.
"Solar power means we don't get a bill any more and the display shines just as bright... knowing that it's all covered is good.”
Another major development has been the switch from incandescent to LED lights, which use about 90 per cent less energy.
The transition to LEDs also makes Mr Taylor's job easier, because there is no need to go around changing individual bulbs.
Mr Taylor said lights are getting cheaper every year, but the cost is just a secondary factor.
"If you sit there worrying about the cost of the lights then you probably shouldn't be doing it anyway,” he said.
For Mr Taylor, the lights are all about contributing to the community's Christmas spirit.
"To see the enjoyment on the kid's faces... we catch up with people who come and see the lights every year, so it's a great community feel,” he said.