Energy-saving LED holiday lights free to Truckee community |

Energy-saving LED holiday lights free to Truckee community

TRUCKEE and#8212;-The Truckee Donner Public Utility District, 11570 Donner Pass Road, invites customers to swap inefficient holiday lights for energy-efficient LED (light emitting diode) lights free of charge while supplies last.

Customers should take a copy of their TDPUD bill with up to three strands of old incandescent holiday lights. The district will replace them with either one 66-foot or three 23-foot white or multicolor LED lights. These energy-efficient holiday lights save up to 98 percent on energy costs.

Last year, the LED light give away was a huge success with more than 500 customers participating in the program.

and#8220;Part of the TDPUDand#8217;s mandate is to reduce energy consumption, and these LEDs go a long way toward reaching that goal,and#8221; notes TDPUD general manager Michael Holley.

The holiday LED light give away is just one of many conservation and rebate programs offered to residents and businesses.

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; says Holley.

This yearand#8217;s LED Holiday Light Exchange program also includes other free light bulbs (CFLand#8217;s) and information on the districtand#8217;s energy and water savings programs.

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 about the TDPUD, call 587-3896 visit

The community is invited to the lighting of the Bud Fish Christmas Tree Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Intermodal Transportation Center in Downtown Truckee.

The short tree-lighting ceremony is co-sponsored by the Truckee Rotary Club and the American Cancer Society. A Rotarian representative will be on hand if youand#8217;d like to make a donation to the Cancer Society.

There will be music, community Christmas carols and refreshments.

Bud Fish, a charter member of the Truckee Rotary Club, was the founder of the Truckee Rotary Senior Citizens Fire Wood Project, which annually provides firewood to seniors. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. As forest manager for Fibreboard Corportaion, for many years he furnished a tall Christmas tree for downtown.

The Town of Truckee will not require metered parking during this ceremony. For information, call Bob Sutton of the Truckee Rotary Club at 587-4161.

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