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Wisconsin utility commission offers customers LED lights in exchange for incandescent bulb types

Following the success of a campaign last year, the Reedsburg Utility Commission in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, is continuing its second annual LED Holiday Lights Exchange, according to the Reedsburg Times-Press. The program is part of an overall effort to educate consumers on energy efficiency and how they can lower their electricity  bills.

"We're happy to kick off the season with this year's LED Holiday Light Exchange," Kate Welter, marketing and media specialist for the Reedsburg Utility Commission, told the news source. "We received positive feedback from our customers last year, and they look forward to the event, and also appreciate learning how to save energy and money on their electricity bill at the same time."

According to ENERGY STAR, the savings in both energy use and electricity bills can be substantial when using LED lights in lieu of traditional incandescent bulb types. LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy, with some bulb types even producing energy savings of more than 90 percent. Additionally, they produce very little heat, which makes them an even safer choice than incandescent lights.

Under the terms of the exchange program, all residential electric customers with active accounts in good standing with the utility commission are eligible to participate, the news source reports. Account members who bring in their current utility bill along with strands of working lights will receive LED holiday lights on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Additionally, the Reedsburg Utility Commission will be displaying two trees in the lobby of their office, the news source reports. One will use LED lights, while the other will be decorated with incandescent lights. Each will be attached to a kilowatt meter to show consumers just how much energy each bulb type uses.