WALTHAM, Mass., December 8, 2011 -- National Grid understands the importance of celebrating the holiday season with family and friends, and warm, colorful lighting. While the current economic climate may be imposing for many customers especially during the holidays, by following some simple energy efficiency and safety tips, customers can benefit from a more environmentally friendly, safe and cost-effective way to save money this holiday season.
Save Big on Lighting
Over the past few years, new lighting alternatives have become available that may cost more initially, but cost much less to maintain and operate. Energy-efficient miniature or light-emitting diode (LED) lights use considerably less energy than traditional lighting technology. The list below provides customers with the potential costs associated with each type of lighting.
Regardless of the lights you choose, additional energy and cost can be saved by turning lights off and unplugging before going to bed or installing an automatic timer that can reduce power usage by turning the lights on at dusk and turning them off at a desired time. Also, consider using fewer lights and more decorations that do not use energy— such as wreaths or poinsettias.
Additional Energy Saving Tips
National Grid also encourages residential customers to take advantage of rebates available on high efficiency gas heating equipment including furnaces, boilers water heaters and programmable thermostats. Rebates vary depending on the type and efficiency level of the equipment. For more information, call toll free 800-292-2032, or visit us online at www.powerofaction.com
Customers may want to consider an advanced power strip as an additional means to save energy. National Grid offers discounted pricing on smart power strips that switch electronic devices off automatically, saving on your energy usage. Smart power strips help to solve the phantom load issues within a home in which electronic products are still drawing electricity, even while in the off position.
Prices include a $10 discount and free shipping. Prices do not include sales tax.
To order, please visit our online store or call 1-800-473-9150.
Customers may also want to consider getting rid of their old refrigerator or freezer by participating in National Grid’s Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling program. Chances are that old fridge could be costing up to $150 a year to run. Instead, recycle it, reduce your energy bills, and keep harmful materials out of landfills. We’ll pick it up for free and send you a $50 rebate. Customers in Rhode Island are encouraged to recycle primary units; Massachusetts customers are encouraged to recycle secondary units. Contact us toll free, at 877-545-4113, or on the web at www.powerofaction.com . The Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling program is not available in New Hampshire.
National Grid has a 20-year track record of partnering with its customers to provide successful, award-winning efficiency programs in its U.S. service territory. These programs have helped save customers nearly 565 million therms of natural gas, representing approximately $876 million in savings on their heating bills. To find out more about the energy efficiency programs in your area, including details of potential incentives and forms for installing additional energy efficiency measures, visit National Grid’s energy efficiency website at www.powerofaction.com/efficiency
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In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.
National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
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