Truckee goes green for the holidays | SierraSun.com

Truckee goes green for the holidays

TRUCKEE and#8212; Blending the colorful spirit of the holidays with an energy-saving vibe, this year almost 700 customers took advantage of the Truckee Donner Public Utility Districtand#8217;s LED (light emitting diode) holiday light giveaway.

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District reports more than 10 miles of lights were given away free of charge. More than six percent of the PUDand#8217;s entire customer base took part the four-week program. When they went to the PUDand#8217;s office to exchange their lights they had the chance to learn about other cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities.

and#8220;Like last year, the LED Holiday Light Exchange Program was a huge success,and#8221; notes TDPUD General Manager Michael Holley. and#8220;The district really wants to thank and congratulate our customers and the Truckee community for taking advantage of this energy saving program. To have over six percent of our customers walk into our office in just four weeks is impressive.and#8221;

LEDs are considered next generation technology for lighting. The new ultra energy-efficient LED lights save up to 98 percent on energy costs versus the old-style incandescent lights. To participate, all TDPUD electric customers had to do was turn in their old incandescent holiday lights and they received a choice of one 66 ft. strand or three 20 ft. strands of LED lights. The holiday LED light giveaway was just one of a host of other conservation and rebate programs offered to residents and businesses through the TDPUD.

and#8220;Energy and water conservation lowers the districtand#8217;s costs, puts more money in customerand#8217;s pockets and helps move Truckee toward a sustainable energy and water future,and#8221; said Holley.

The TDPUD is a nonprofit, publicly owned utility agency overseen by a locally elected board of directors. TDPUD provides the greater Truckee area with adequate, reliable and high quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For more information call 587-3896 visit http://www.TDPUD.org.