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Rochester, NY, December 7, 2010 – If you’re making a list and checking it twice this holiday season, make sure energy-efficient and safe holiday lighting is on it.

While lighting a string of 64 traditional bulbs costs about $4 per month (assuming 120 hours of use and an electricity price of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour), lighting a string of 100 miniature lights costs less than 50 cents per month. Using new light-emitting diode (LED) lights costs even less than that. In addition to offering the lowest operating costs, the LED lights also offer the longest operating life – up to 100,000 hours.

Along with energy efficiency, safety is another factor to consider when using holiday lighting. Here are some tips:

• Take a few minutes to check light sets for frayed wires, damaged sockets, broken plugs or cracked or missing insulation. Throw away any lights that are damaged.

• Make sure that holiday lights carry the seal of approval from a recognized safety-testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Outdoor Lighting
• Install or adjust outdoor electrical displays only during dry weather.

• Outdoor displays require outdoor-rated extension cords, fixtures, cords and bulbs.

• When hanging lights around your roofline or in trees, be sure to survey the area for overhead power lines and maintain at least a 10-foot distance.

• Keep all electrical connections off the ground and hang sockets downward to prevent water from seeping into them.

• Do not use more than three sets of standard lights on each extension cord.

• Do not run electrical cords through door or window openings where they can be damaged.

• For added protection, plug outdoor lights and decorations into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters.

Indoor Lighting
• Do not use more than three sets of standard lights on each extension cord.

• Keep lights away from carpeting, furniture and drapes.

• Turn off decorative lights before you go to bed or leave home.

• Avoid running cords under rugs, through doorways, or near furniture where they may be stepped on, tripped over or broken.

• Do not place cords around or near metal pipes, appliances or anything that is damp or metallic. 

• Turn off electrical devices when making adjustments. 
And always make sure household smoke detectors are working properly.

About NYSEG and RG&E: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 873,000 electricity customers and 259,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 362,000 electricity customers and 299,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Providing outstanding customer service and meeting our customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, NYSEG and RG&E are valuable assets to the communities we serve. For more information, visit www.nyseg.com and www.rge.com.

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.