BC Hydro predicts "green" Christmas



    Holiday amnesty program promotes energy efficient LEDs

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - This holiday season, BC Hydro is launching an
"amnesty" for incandescent Christmas lights to encourage British Columbians to
use energy efficient LED Christmas lights and reduce overall electricity
consumption.
    "British Columbians can make a difference this Christmas season by
replacing their incandescent Christmas lights with LED lights which use less
electricity and will help customers save money," said Lisa Coltart, BC Hydro's
manager of Power Smart. "That's why BC Hydro is granting amnesty to
incandescent lights this year. We are encouraging customers to bring in and
recycle their old light strings and replace them with energy efficient holiday
lighting."
    BC Hydro and Waste Management Inc. have partnered this year to provide
incandescent light string recycling at two Lower Mainland locations.
    "The glass, metal and plastic components of a light string can all be
separated and recycled. This program will keep all these valuable and reusable
resources out of the landfill," said Peter Brodsky, Waste Management's
communications manager for Western Canada.
    For each string of incandescent lights brought to the Burrard location
for recycling, BC Hydro will donate five dollars to the BC Chapter of the
Canadian Association of Food Banks. This money will go towards providing food
for British Columbians in need throughout the province.
    BC Hydro launched the amnesty program with an interactive light display
at the Burrard Courtyard at Burrard and Dunsmuir. The courtyard has been
decorated with LED light strings to demonstrate how one tree lit with
incandescent strings of lights uses the same electricity as several trees lit
with energy efficient LED strings. 75 incandescent Christmas bulbs consume the
same amount of electricity as 9,240 LED bulbs.
    The light drive and installation will run at the Burrard location from
Tuesday, December 4, 2007, from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. -
9:00 p.m. and then from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. until Saturday, December 8,
2007.
    Surrey City Hall will host light recycling on December 12th from
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    For more tips on how to be energy efficient during winter months visit
    www.bchydro.com.

    For more information visit www.bchydro.com.

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