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News Release

CL&P Offers Tips for a Bright Holiday Season
Ways to stay safe and save money on holiday lights

BERLIN, Conn. (November 28, 2012)Festive holiday lighting displays are beginning to brighten homes and neighborhoods around the state so Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) wants to help customers have a safe and energy-efficient holiday season.

“Over the years, holiday lights have become much more efficient than the old-style bulbs we remember from years past,” said Ron Araujo, CL&P’s manager of Conservation and Load Management. “With newer technology available in many more options, today’s lighting displays can help lower the amount of electricity a family uses and save money.”

Light emitting diode (LED) lights, available most anywhere lights are sold, can cost as little as 25 cents to power compared to the six to ten dollars it can cost to power traditional lights. Just how much a holiday display will increase an average electric bill varies by the number of lights used and how long they are on.

CL&P reminds customers that a good way to keep bills down without sacrificing the spirit of the season is to use timers to control when the lights go on and off. Making sure decorations are off before leaving home or going to bed is safe and efficient.

When decorating, it’s important to follow some basic safety tips:

For more tips, check out CL&P’s safe holiday lighting video on YouTube at http://youtu.be/5rCZp22Altc.

The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses.  With 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is improving the environments you live in, by offering programs in energy efficiency, community partnerships, and environmental stewardship.  CL&P is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU).  For more information, please visit www.cl-p.com and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLightandPower) and follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower.

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Theresa Gilbert
(860) 665-2405

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