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Community News December 08, 2021

Snohomish PUD lights up the holidays for customers

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Snohomish PUD lights up the holidays for customers

The PUD helped customers save money and have a brighter holiday season at two events last weekend that provided free strands of LED holiday lights.

During the PUD’s Holiday Light Exchange at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, customers exchanged up to three strands of working incandescent holiday lights or a donation of non-perishable food items for up to three strands of LED holiday lights at no charge. The PUD provided 1,500 strands of multicolor and white lights during the event and collected four pallets of food to be donated to local food banks.

Ridwell, a Seattle-based recycling company, was onsite to gather and recycle old, inefficient holiday lighting that might otherwise be thrown in the trash. Ridwell works with local, regional, and national partners to divert as much as possible from landfills. The PUD also partnered with Volunteers of America to collect food and financial donations.

“We want to thank all of our customers who came out to the Monroe Fairgrounds on Friday to save energy, brighten the holiday season and donate food to help our neighbors in need,” said Laura Zorick, PUD Communications and Marketing Representative.

The PUD took its popular High-Voltage Demonstration Trailer to the City of Everett’s Holiday on the Bay event and was able to provide another 500 strings of lights to community members.

“The holiday season is about brightening up the darkness of winter, giving to others, and spending time with those who matter to us most,” said Zorick. “At the PUD, that means spending time and giving back to our customers.”

LED holiday lights use 75 percent less energy than conventional incandescent strands, lowering customers’ energy usage and saving money on winter PUD bills. LED holiday lights also last up to 10 times longer, reduce the risk of fire and are more durable than their incandescent counterparts.

For customers who would like to purchase a package of LED holiday lights, the cost is approximately $10 to $15 per string of 70 lights. They are available at Bartell Drugs, Target, The Home Depot, Lowe’s and other stores. Customers should look or ask for Energy Star LEDs to be sure the lights are energy efficient.