December 16, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
With thousands visitors each day this season, it should be pretty easy to raise awareness. It’s also kind of fun. Others obviously think so, too. At last peek, the X10 controls had been toggled over 10,000 times—in one 5-hour day.
While the sky (and web) may be lit up with Alek’s holiday enthusiasm, his utility bills aren’t. He says the total cost of the display for a month only averages about $63. He also tries to get most of what he displays when it’s on sale after the holiday—and he is thinking ahead to next year’s setup. Since 2002, Alek has even dabbled in wind-powered lighting, which can be pricey. Also, to offset some of the electricity that the setup consumes, he does make a yearly donation to CarbonFund.org.
Plenty of site visitors have offered to pay for decorations as well as other expenses, but Alek says the costs that he puts out are just a small price to pay. “A whole month of holiday fun is provided to people around the world,” he says on his site. “Plus some awareness and thousands of dollars in donations for Celiac Disease Research!”
Click here to view pictures of Alex’s home.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.