More British Columbians putting up Halloween ‘mega displays’: BC Hydro

More British Columbians putting up Halloween 'mega displays': BC Hydro
BC Hydro

More British Columbians are putting up extravagant Halloween light displays, according to a recent survey conducted by BC Hydro.

“The survey finds almost a quarter of British Columbians now decorate about the same amount for both Halloween and Christmas — with almost ten per cent decorating more for Halloween,” the Crown corporation said in a statement.

“Much like during the holidays, about a quarter will be using electronic Halloween decorations this year, including outdoor lights (13 per cent), electronic jack-o-lanterns (13 per cent) and plug-in inflatables (five per cent). Of those using electronic decorations, 20 per cent will use multiple plug-ins, which could add to electricity costs.”

BC Hydro said holiday displays account for about three per cent of the province’s electricity load during the holidays.

“In fact, research indicates consumer spending on Halloween decorations is expected to reach an all-time high this year,” it said.

About 30 per cent of consumers use incandescent lights to decorate their homes which BC Hydro describes as inefficient as it increases energy costs and consumption.

To reduce these numbers, the company urges consumers to decorate their homes with LED lights instead.

Residents are also advised to plug their lights into timers so it’s only on when needed and track their usage online.

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