Cambodia - Americans use more electricity for their Christmas and holiday lights than some countries do all year, according to a new report. The Center for Global Development says the amount of electricity used for holiday displays is more than developing nations, such as El Salvador, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nepal, or Cambodia, use in a whole year. The finding is based on a 2008 study which found seasonal lights account for 6.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumption every year in the United States.

But that figure just 0.2 percent of the country’s total electricity usage. Still, it could run 14 million refrigerators. According to the CGD, lights at home are the most visible use of electricity - but are actually just a tiny fraction of energy families use.

For American households, lighting alone accounts for 14 percent of the total electricity consumption in a residence. Todd Moss, a fellow at the CGD, said he compiled a graphic to 'show the tremendous difference in energy use between rich countries and poor countries.' 'I think Christmas lights are a good thing, he told NPR. 'I'm not trying to be anti-Christmas at all.' The point of his comparison, he said, is to show how little energy poor countries use.

Moss explained that in developing countries, people 'don't have lights and a refrigerator, or an air conditioner' but also means don't have 'steady, reliable and affordable' electricity to power factories and to help create jobs.

'A country can't become wealthy or even middle class without consuming a lot more energy,' he said. 'All poor countries need a lot more energy. How do we provide that in a way that's smart for the planet?  'If we force sub-Saharan Africa to use renewables only we are forcing them to remain poor.'