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Larry’s lights still shining bright

Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

Duff Street resident Larry Angell, with granddaughter Abbie Kelly (4), says surging power costs have forced him to adapt his impressive Christmas display. Duff Street resident Larry Angell, with granddaughter Abbie Kelly (4), says surging power costs have forced him to adapt his impressive Christmas display.

By Erica Visser

Duff Street resident Larry Angell’s electricity bill rose by hundreds of dollars last Christmas but he won’t let sky-rocketing costs turn him into a scrooge.

Mr Angell and his wife boast one of the most impressive festive light displays in the city but this year he has had to make a few changes.

The grandfather was planning on cutting back for the first time in 25 years, but came up with a more appealing option.

“I guess I am cutting back, indirectly. I’m restricting the hours I leave the lights on up until the last two weeks before Christmas,” Mr Angell said.

“Every one of my lights are now LED, or energy efficient, and I’ve also got the solar panels on the roof.”

Mr Angell received a rude shock when his power bill was $200 more than usual for the month of December last year.

This year he is hoping his altered display will prove “cost neutral.”

“I’ll let you know how I went in January!,” he laughed.

“It’s sad we’re having to do this but it’s no reason for people not to put up a couple of strands of lights.”

Mr Angell has a few more than a couple, with estimates of close to 10,000 lights.

“We’ve got more power boards and extension cords than you can imagine.”

Despite cutting back, Mr Angell confessed to spending on new displays for this year.

“My wife and I have spent over $600 buying additional lights,” he said.

“It’s also those little costs people don’t think of. For example, I spent $50 for cable ties.”

But Mr Angell isn’t thinking about ditching the over-the-top display any time soon.

“We started it when our kids were little, with one strand of lights, and gradually building it up,” he said.

“It’s great to see people enjoying it, on Christmas Eve last year we had over 1000 people come through.”

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