Thousands of Nova Scotians Light Up for Less

first_imgThousands of Nova Scotians will save money and help cut greenhouse gas emissions after exchanging 11,000 old sets of holiday lights for new, more energy efficient lights. More than 5,600 sets of LED holiday lights were provided at 23 exchanges through the province. The joint program between Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power encouraged Nova Scotians to switch to energy efficient holiday lighting. “The holiday light exchange was a great success with more people than ever participating. This means more Nova Scotians will light up for less and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the holidays,” said Richard Hurlburt Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “This is part of our efforts to ensure Nova Scotia has one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.” Program participants exchanged two sets of traditional incandescent lights for one set of LED lights. Since the program was launched in 2005, more than 21,000 old sets of lights have been exchanged. “In addition to taking more than 11,000 older, inefficient lights out of use, this program allowed us to share information with Nova Scotians about the benefits of LEDs,” said Rob Bennett, executive vice-president of revenue and sustainability for Nova Scotia Power. “We’re very pleased and encouraged by this year’s response.” The LED holiday light exchange program took place in New Glasgow, Amherst, Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Sherbrooke Village, Berwick, Yarmouth, Halifax, Goshen, Liverpool, Bridgewater, Springhill, Bible Hill, Wolfville, Bridgetown, Dartmouth, Trenton, Sydney, New Germany, Eastern Passage, Shelburne, Annapolis Royal and Pictou. All towns and municipalities were invited to participate in the program. LED holiday lights last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, produce very little heat thereby reducing risk of fire, contain no glass, and are durable and safe. The lights are available at local retailers in a variety of colours, string lengths, and bulb sizes. For more energy saving tips visit www.conservens.ca or www.nspower.ca Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) has been producing and delivering electricity to Nova Scotians for more than 80 years. Today, NSPI’s more than 1,600 employees are responsible for supplying more than 97 per cent of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power to 470,000 customers in the province. NSPI is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of its parent company, Emera Inc.last_img read more