Utilities helps convert to LED holiday lights

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LUKE JONES
  • Luke Jones
It doesn't get any better than this: Take your junky holiday string of lights in for a coupon to buy updated energy efficient ones.

Colorado Springs Utilities has put together a program that benefits anyone who exchanges their old lights for a coupon at the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, and it benefits Project COPE, which provides utility payment help to those struggling with financial issues.

Here's the info:
From now until Dec. 24, Springs Utilities electric customers can bring in up to three light strands to our Conservation and Environmental Center. For each strand, customers will earn a $5 off coupon for LED holiday lights at local ACE Hardware stores, while supplies last. There is a limit of three coupons per customer, for a total savings of up to $15. LED holiday lights use up to 90 percent less energy, last 10 times longer and are safer than traditional ones.

Springs Utilities will recycle the old lights and donate the proceeds to Project COPE, which provides utilities payment assistance to families and individuals struggling financially due to a personal crisis or emergency. Last year 4,308 pounds of old holiday lights were collected and more than $5,000 raised for Project COPE, the only local organization that dedicates its entire funding to utilities payment assistance year-round.

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