Man heats home with Christmas lights

Darrel Piper uses thousands of festive lights to heat his home

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Dumfries man heats home with Christmas lights

Darrel Piper with his Christmas lights Credit: ITV News Border

A man from Dumfries is using thousands of Christmas lights to heat his home.

Darrel Piper claims it is cheaper for him to use the lights for heat rather than paying for gas.

The 40-year-old says that he puts £30 in the electricity meter every fortnight and £5 in the gas meter to use for cooking.

He says that if he didn't have the lights it would cost £60 a fortnight for the gas and electricity.

Some of the Christmas decorations Credit: ITV News Border

Darrel buys most of his decorations second hand and some are decades old.

He says that he never goes out and leaves the lights on.

Other homeowners are being advised not to follow in his footsteps.

Christmas bears are among the decorations Credit: ITV News Border

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