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Light Up Your Holidays Safely and Efficiently

Simple Tips Can Save Money, Keep Everyone Safe

Colorful holiday lighting in a home or yard can brighten spirits and remind us that this is the season of good cheer.

Con Edison wants its customers in New York City and Westchester County to enjoy lighting up their homes, and reminds them to do it safely and in a way that doesn’t jack up their energy costs.

As always, safety first. Here are some tips:

  • Look for the UL label and carefully read instructions on your lights and other devices that require interior or exterior connections to ensure safety. The label means the product has undergone evaluation by a recognized product safety organization. Buying certified products lessens the chances of shock or fire.
  • Do not use inside lights outside.
  • Check electric cords for worn spots or fraying. Replace cords that are worn or frayed.
  • Don’t place electric cords under carpets or furniture.
  • Never attempt to retrieve an electrical product that has fallen in water.
  • Never staple or nail cords to walls or baseboards.
  • Don’t overload outlets or powers strips. Overheated wires start fires.

A robust holiday lighting display is going to affect your electric costs. But you can control your extra costs with a few simple steps.

  • If your lights are old, replace them with LEDs.
  • Set timers for lights to automatically turn on when it gets dark and turn off at night. You can save money by keeping your lights on from 6 p.m. to midnight, instead of all night long.
  • Look for the Energy Star label on lighting and any electronics or appliances you buy as gifts. These models meet stricter standards and can reduce energy usage up to 40 percent compared to standard models.
  • Use power strips. To save energy, shut off power at the strip when the appliances are not used.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $49 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y.