Jerry Stanley replaces a burned out light on the 20-foot Christmas tree Nov. 20 at the old City Hall in Copperas Cove.

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Copperas Cove. Lighted decorations adorn light poles and the city’s Christmas tree went up last week, with the official lighting on Dec. 7.

The tree is 20 feet high and has 300 lights. Parks and Recreation Director Joseph Pace said the city is moving toward a more eco-friendly tree this year by replacing burned out lights with energy-saving bulbs.

Silvia Rhoads of Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful encouraged residents to also use LED bulbs.

“Not only are they longer lasting, they also burn a lot less electricity than regular holiday lights,” she said. “You will not only do something for the environment, but also for your wallet.”

She also suggested giving the gift of multi-packs of CFL light bulbs, which burn less than half the electricity, and to limit the amount of time lights are on.

“Holiday lights should only be kept on when it is dark outside. It is best to turn them off when you go to bed and save that additional energy,” Rhoads said.

She also recommended recycling old hay bales used as fall decor by either using them in composting or donating them to an animal shelter or someone who owns horses.

Entries for KCCB’s 17th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest will be accepted starting Sunday through Dec. 13. Email nominations with name, address and phone number to kccb@copperascovetx.gov. The top three winners will be announced Dec. 19.

For information call Liz Sherman, KCCB president, at 254-547-7571.

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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