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Green Christmas: Holiday Lights Parade -- in LED

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It's the most wonderful time of the year -- for everyone but Mother Nature, that is.

Holiday energy consumption can make the costs to the environment skyrocket, not to mention, to homeowner's pocketbooks. But this year, civic leaders in the Fargo-Moorhead area are doing their part for a green Christmas.

Xcel Energy's holiday parade of lights featured floats decorated with LED lights this year.

Xcel officials say they asked floatmakers to go green with LEDs for a couple of reasons.

One -- they use only about twenty percent of the energy of traditional lights.

Two -- they don't create heat, so they're less of a fire hazard. And they don't burn out for as much as twenty-five years.

Fargo Public Works officials say the city is phasing out traditional lights in their street lights and replacing them with LEDs. Moorhead's doing its part, too. They've recently expanded their city curbside recycling program to accept flat cardboard along with the previously accepted corrugated kind. The change comes in time for one of the most profligate times of the year for consumption of product packaging, including from beverages, clothing and electronics.

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