The City of Red Deer will kick off the fourth annual Christmas Light Exchange program on Monday, November 5, 2012 at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. This program, offered in partnership by The City of Red Deer and Kerry Wood Nature Centre, helps Red Deerians to save energy and money over the holiday season.
Red Deer residents can participate in the exchange by bringing two strings of inefficient, incandescent, exterior holiday house lights to Kerry Wood Nature Centre where they will receive one box of new, energy efficient LED lights. There is a limit of one box of free LED lights per adult per household. Adults must be present to claim the lights.
For residents who make the switch to LED lights the savings are quite significant. An average home operating six strings of incandescent Christmas lights for around six hours a day consumes about 78 kWh of energy over the holiday season. By replacing those old lights with the equivalent number of LEDs the homeowner would use only about 5 kWh for the entire month to operate their lights; saving enough energy to power an average Red Deer home for about 4 days.
The copper wire from the lights received through this program is recycled as scrap metal.
For more information on this program call Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 403-346-2010 or Environmental Services at 403-342-8750.