Scrooge MPs want Christmas lovers to ditch festive lights to help save planet

Scrooge MPs want Christmas lovers to ditch festive lights to help save the planet.

Their call came after couple Helen and John Attlesey put up their famous epic house display early to raise money for charity.

Andrew Griffith, chairman of the Dark Skies all-party parliamentary group, said: “While we all need some festive cheer, much exterior lighting is unnecessarily bright.

“A good compromise would be for homeowners to use timers so that they do not stay blazing all night.”

A Green Party spokesman said: “We’ve got to weigh up the effect on our planet against having lots of lights above our doors.”

And Tory MP for Ludlow, Shrops, Philip Dunne, encouraged people to use LED lighting which uses 10% less power than normal lights.

The killjoys have been likened to air raid warden Mr Hodges from sitcom Dad’s Army, who ordered people to put out the lights.

Helen Attlesey, 70, from Soham, Cambridgeshire, who raises cash for Great Ormond Street, insisted she was very aware of the impact on the planet.

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She said: “I’m very proud to have always used LED lights because they’re more environmentally friendly.

“I would advise anyone else with Christmas lights to use the same.”

GoCompare calculated that a display of 100 five-watt bulbs, switched on for six hours a day over the festive period, will consume the equivalent of an extra 23 days of electricity consumption for an average home.

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