Free light give-away makes for energy efficient holiday in Truckee |

Free light give-away makes for energy efficient holiday in Truckee

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TRUCKEE and#8212; Almost 700 Truckee Donner Public Utility customers took advantage of a free energy efficient holiday light giveaway this year. The program was offered in December and provided free LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights to customers who turned in their old incandescent light strands.

and#8220;We have been offering this program for four years now, and again it was a huge success,and#8221; notes TDPUD General Manager Michael Holley. and#8220;This year, we gave away almost 10 miles of energy efficient holiday lights. Energy and water conservation are incredibly important to the TDPUD. Conservation measures like the LED holiday lights helps to lower energy usage and costs. This is just one of the many programs we have in place designed to move Truckee toward a sustainable energy and water future.and#8221;

The light strands given to customers equate to more than five percent of TDPUDand#8217;s total customer base. Since the inception of the holiday light exchange program, the TDPUD has given away energy efficient LED holiday light strands to more than 2,000 customers.

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 old incandescent holiday lights to receive a choice of one 66-foot strand or three 20-foot strands of ultra energy efficient LED lights. The holiday LED light giveaway was just one of a host of conservation and rebate programs offered to residents and businesses through the TDPUD.

The TDPUD is a nonprofit, publicly owned utility agency overseen by a locally elected board of directors. For more information call 530-587-3896 or visit

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