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While I appreciate the folks who have asked if they can donate/PayPal to cover the costs of the lights and (wind powered and carbon offsett'ed!) electricity, I've never asked for donations and don't plan to change that. While it is a bit of work to put up all the Christmas stuff, I do it anyway for the neighborhood kids and the web site is just my way of saying "Merry Christmas" to folks around the world. If you feel compelled to make some sort of donation, my kids have celiac disease so make a donation toward medical research at the University of Maryland - tell 'em Komar.Org sent 'ya! ;-)
Circuit Layout & Electrical Analysis for Christmas 2007 Circuit X10-Zone Amps Lights Description Garage 1 5.1 1,600 Garage Icicles, Blue Ball Panel-1 1 5.3 1,800 Junipers, Column, Swag, Bubble Lights, Skiing Polar Bear Balcony 2 6.3 1,300 Balcony Novelties, Train, small Homer/Santa/Tree, US Flag Panel-2 2 7.5 2,400 North Candy Canes, small Frosties/Tree, Tree Presents Panel-3 3 7.4 1,800 Upper Roof Icicles, Chimney Star, Orange ON/OFF Outline Panel-5 3 7.5 1,900 Tree & Fence wraps, 10' Mega Tree, West Candy Canes Panel-4 4 9.9 3,200 Front Yard Christmas Tree Window-U 4 0.9 250 Upper Window Decorations Garage 5 1.6 400 Snow Icicles & Bells by Tree, Inflatable SpongeBob SquarePants & Elmo - Tickle me! Window-L 5 1.2 300 Lower Window Decorations Balcony 6 1.0 300 Santa Plane on Roof Panel-1 6 3.2 400 Frosty and Snowman Family Balcony 7 0.6 200 Roof ON Garage 7 1.8 200 Inflatable Santa, Tin Man, Red/Green LED Tree Balcony 8 1.2 400 Roof OFF Garage 8 1.4 250 Burrito Reindeer and Inflatable Homer - D'OH! Office * 3.1 400 Various stuff in Santa's Workshop! ;-) 1:Blue Rope Light 2:Rainier Beer Sign 3:Three Candles 4:Hulk Lamp 5:Christmas Tree 6:Groovy Lava Lamp 7:Stepping Santa 8:Red/Green Present TOTALS 17 65.0 17,100 TOTALSA question I'm often asked is how much does it cost to light the holiday display - the electrical meter does spin a bit faster. That's easy to calculate - with all 17,100 lights ON, the current draw is 65 amps. Multiply by 120 Volts and divide by 1,000 to get 7.8 KiloWatts. The approximate cost of electricity in Colorado is 10 cents per KiloWatt-Hour ... so to run the display continuously for an hour, it costs 78 cents/hour - not much! But remember that Internet Surfers are turning the lights on & off ... so divde that by two and then multiply by the 5 hours/day it's active, and the electricty costs 195 cents per day. Multiply that by 31 days and for $60, a whole month of holiday fun is provided to people around the world ... plus some awareness and thousands of dollars in donations for Celiac Disease Research!
2008_09_30: The warmup for Christmas is the halloween decorations webcam which was turned on today. Over 9,000 lights in the Halloween Decorations plus giant inflatable Frankenstein, Grim Reapers, Pumpkins, Witchess, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson - D'OH!!! ;-)
2008_10_26: The Christmas Blog has been turned on a bit early in case Halloween fans wanted to start commenting.
2008_10_31: Another crazy-fun Halloween night! Over 200 trick-or-treaters came by during record warm temperatures. They almost cleaned me out of candy (I was too generous early on) and I also passed out shots of Bailey's, Port, and Egg Nog Whiskey. Check out all the action in the time-lapse halloween movies and the funny commentary in the halloween blog. Come back for halloween 2009! ;-)
2008_11_05: Radio station KIYU in Galena, Alaska (look that up on a map - wayyyyy up/out there!) again "sponsors" the Burrito Reindeer with a $1,000 donation. This pushes the total raised for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Disease to over $30,000 - what a great way to start off the Christmas Season - please consider adding your direct donation too.
Thanksgiving comes late this year (27th), so I'm a few days behind last year,
but making good progress as I start the Christmas deployment.
Fortunately, the weather has been mostly a sunny 50-60°F ... which
is a lot nicer than having to put out your Christmas decorations in below
freezing temps with a chilly wind and/rain/snow.