Nova Scotians Can Light Up for Less This Holiday

first_imgHoliday light exchanges at 23 locations in the coming weeks will help Nova Scotians make spirits bright while helping them save energy, save money, and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The light emitting diode (LED) holiday light exchange, a joint program between Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power, will help encourage Nova Scotians to switch to energy efficient holiday lighting. “The holiday light exchange programs enable us to put this energy efficient LED technology into the hands of Nova Scotians,” said Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia Richard Hurlburt. “Reducing energy demand also cuts greenhouse gas emissions, helping Nova Scotia reach its target to become one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.” Under the program, residents in participating communities must bring two sets of traditional incandescent lights to exchange for one set of LED lights. In addition to bringing older inefficient lights out of use, Nova Scotia Power and Conserve Nova Scotia are teaming up to educate consumers about the technology and the benefits. “LED lights are so energy efficient that you can power more than 100 LED lights using the same amount of electricity as one traditional glass bulb,” said Rob Bennett, executive vice-president of revenue and sustainability for Nova Scotia Power. “Replacing conventional holiday lights with LEDs is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy use and save money. Our hope is for our customers to realize they’re worth the investment and make the switch.” LED holiday lights last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, produce very little heat thereby reducing risk of fire, contain no glass, and are durable and safe. The lights are widely available at local retailers in a variety of colours, string lengths, and bulb sizes. All 55 towns and municipalities in Nova Scotia were invited to participate in the LED holiday light exchange program. The exchange is limited to one set of LED lights per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Conventional lights collected at the exchanges will be recycled where possible. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. Nova Scotia Power has been producing and delivering electricity to Nova Scotians for more than 80 years. Today, Nova Scotia Power’s more than 1,600 employees are responsible for supplying more than 97 per cent of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power to 470,000 customers in the province. Nova Scotia Power is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of its parent company, Emera Inc.last_img

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