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Tip for a green holiday - LEDs lighten electric bill

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Uploaded on Dec 3, 2010

Con Edison wishes all of its customers a happy and safe holiday season, and if you are decorating homes or offices, use energy-efficient LED (light emitting diode) lights.

Using LED lights instead of traditional incandescent bulbs saves on bills and helps the environment. LED lights use up to 98 percent less electricity than older bulbs, which means fewer carbon emissions in the atmosphere. LED lights stay cool to the touch and last up to 20 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Con Edison also encourages customers to make safety their top priority when installing holiday lights:

• Make sure that 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.

• Outdoor displays require outdoor, exterior-rated extension cords, fixtures, and bulbs. Install or adjust outdoor electrical displays only during dry weather.

• Use a power strip with an on/off switch to fully power down decorations that consume electricity such as holiday lights and inflatable lawn ornaments.

• 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.

• To avoid electric overloads, use extension cords sparingly.

• Do not place cords around or near metal pipes, appliances, or anything that is damp or metallic. Turn off electrical devices when making adjustments.

• Avoid running cords under rugs, through doorways, or near furniture where they may be stepped on, tripped over, or broken.

For more safety tips, visit http://www.coned.com/customercentral/.... Learn more about energy efficiency at Con Edison's Power of Green Web site at http://www.coned.com/thepowerofgreen/..., become a fan of the Power of Green on Facebook at www.facebook.com/powerofgreen, or follow @ConEdLiz on Twitter.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $14 billion in annual revenues and $34 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison's Web site at www.conEd.com.

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