Eversource Provides Energy Savings Tips for the Holiday Season

BOSTON – With the holiday season in full swing, many homes and neighborhoods have been brightening up with lighting displays.

Eversource is reminding customers about effective ways to display your affection for the holidays while also conserving energy, saving money and staying safe.

“We want to let our customers know that the holidays are a time of the year where we spend a lot of time with our family and a lot of time at festivities and of course, a lot of time buying gifts and spending money,” said Eversource Spokesman Reid Lamberty.

“We want to let all of our customers know that we certainly have an opportunity to save money with energy savings when it comes to holiday decorations, which many families put up at this time of year. Certainly, in a time where we are spending that money we’d rather see our customers spending that money on their families and not their energy bills.”

Customers can save money and reduce emissions by replacing traditional incandescent lights with energy-efficient light-emitting diode, or LED, holiday lights. Not only do LEDs use 80-percent less energy than conventional bulbs, they’re also brighter, eco-friendlier and safer, and have a much cooler surface temperature than incandescent lights.

“Replacing those traditional incandescent lights with energy-efficient LED lights save energy,” Lamberty said.

“There are some really great advantages to that. Not only do these LED’s first and foremost use less energy than the conventional bulb, in fact, they use 80-percent less energy than your conventional bulbs.”

Eversource continues to stress safety, no matter what type of decorations are being used.

The energy company says all lighted decorations, particularly older ones, should be inspected. Lights that have broken or cracked sockets; frayed or bare wires; or loose connections should be discarded.

When decorating outdoors, Eversource says to always look up and stay away from all power lines. Never raise ladders or extend objects anywhere near the lines. Be sure to plug outdoor lights and decorations into GFCI outlets and only use sets approved for outdoor use.

When it comes to extension cords, never run them under rugs or coil them tightly around themselves, which can cause them to overheat. Use advanced power strips where possible for all holiday lighting to eliminate standby energy loss.

Lastly, Eversource advises customers to set timers for lights to automatically turn on when it gets dark and off when you go to bed, running no more than eight hours.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center

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