Premier Encourages Nova Scotians to Have Energy Efficient Holiday

first_imgThe province is encouraging Nova Scotians to save money and conserve energy by using energy efficient LED lights over the holiday season. Premier Darrell Dexter will attend the inaugural Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Cole Harbour on Saturday, Nov. 26, where representatives from Nova Scotia Power and Efficiency Nova Scotia will be on hand to swap traditional holiday lights for the newer, more energy efficient LED lights. “The holidays are a joyous time of year for families everywhere, but for many it can also be a very expensive time,” said Premier Dexter. “Heating and decorating our homes during the winter months can add up quickly. Using energy efficient LED lights on the Christmas tree and outside is a quick and easy way for Nova Scotians to conserve energy and cut back on energy costs. “I want to thank Nova Scotia Power and Efficiency Nova Scotia for once again offering the LED Holiday Light Exchange, which makes it even easier to enjoy a more energy efficient holiday season.” Participants in the Cole Harbour area are asked to bring two sets of traditional holiday lights to Rona, 1000 Cole Harbour Rd., between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on Saturday. For every two sets of lights turned in, participants will receive one free set of LED lights, which use 90 per cent less energy than traditional bulbs and last at least 10 times longer. “The exchanges are an easy and fun way to make the switch to energy efficient lighting during the holiday season,” said Robin McAdam, executive vice-president of strategic business and customer services for Nova Scotia Power. “We’re excited to bring this energy-saving program to Nova Scotians for the seventh season.” Roughly 156,000 people have taken part in the LED Holiday Light Exchange since it began in 2005. The program has saved enough electricity to power more than 100 average households and has also helped remove 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from the environment. “Switching to LEDs is one of the easiest ways to save energy over the holidays,” said Allan Crandlemire, CEO of Efficiency Nova Scotia. “For a household that uses 10 sets of incandescent bulbs, they would pay about $41 to run those lights during the season. If that same household switched to LEDs, they’d spend only 41 cents.” For more information on LED Holiday Light Exchange events across Nova Scotia visit. www.holidaylightexchange.ca .last_img read more