Company offers customers ways to save money and energy, as well as safety tips

MANCHESTER — With the holiday season upon us, neighborhoods are starting to twinkle with festive light displays inside and out. Eversource is reminding customers about some ways to get in the holiday spirit while conserving energy, saving money and staying safe.

“Before putting up holiday decorations, it’s important to inspect them to ensure they’re not broken or damaged — check lighted displays for cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections,” said Eversource Vice President of Safety Ken Bogler. “When decorating outside, we remind people to work from a stable surface and to always be aware of any power lines or other hazards that might be nearby.”

Customers can save money and protect the planet by replacing traditional incandescent lights with an energy-efficient light-emitting diode, or LED, holiday decoration. Not only do LEDs use 80 percent less energy than conventional bulbs, they last longer, and they are brighter and safer, as they are much cooler than incandescent lights. Also, be sure to check for rebates at the Energy Star Rebate Finder at energystar.gov.

Eversource also offers these holiday tips to help customers stay safe and save money, while protecting our planet:

• Never run extension cords under rugs or coil them tightly, which can cause them to overheat.

• Use a programmable timer for lights to ensure they aren’t accidentally left on.

• Water and electricity do not mix so keep outdoor connections off the ground.

• Check labels to ensure lights are used properly — outside lights are labeled for outdoor use.

• All the parts of the lights need to be dampness-proof and temperature-proof.

• Check extension cords for wear, and plug outdoor lights and decorations into GFCI outlets.

• Use advanced power strips where possible for all holiday lighting to eliminate standby energy loss.

• Turn off room lights when the tree is lit to save energy while creating a festive atmosphere.

For more holiday lighting and electrical safety tips, go to eversource.com.

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