NEW YORK – Whatever holiday you celebrate, lights are a symbol of the season.
Con Edison wishes its customers a happy and safe holiday season and recommends that revelers use energy-efficient LED lights.
Using LED or light emitting diode lights instead of traditional incandescent bulbs lowers electric bills and helps the environment. LED lights use 90 percent less electricity than older bulbs, which means fewer carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
Con Edison encourages customers to make safety their priority when installing their holiday lights. Here are some safety tips:
- Make sure holiday lights carry the seal of approval of a recognized safety-testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
- Use no more than three standard-sized sets of lights per extension cord. To avoid electric overloads, use extension cords sparingly.
- Outdoor displays require outdoor, exterior-rated extension cords, fixtures, and bulbs.
- Before reusing electrical devices kept in storage, inspect for worn or frayed areas and breaks or brittleness, particularly at the plugs and connections. Replace defective lights and cords. Throw out any frayed wires or extension cords.
- Do not place cords around or near metal pipes, appliances, or anything that is damp or metallic. Turn off electrical devices when making adjustments.
For more safety tips, visit http://www.coned.com/customercentral/safetytip.asp.
Energy efficiency tips can be found on Con Edison's Power of Green Facebook page at www.facebook.com/powerofgreen.
Con Edison also is helping customers make their homes and businesses more energy efficient. Customers can get information on programs at www.conEd.com/greenteam or by calling the "Green Team" at 1-877-870-6118.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $40 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.
For additional information, visit us on the Web at www.conEd.com,
at our green site, www.coned.com/thepowerofgreen,
or find us on Facebook at Power of Green.