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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Energy Efficient Holiday Light Giveaway from emPower

Santa Barbara County, CA, November 30, 2015— With temperatures cooling and the community rummaging for their old holiday decorations, the County of Santa Barbara’s emPower program will be holding a giveaway for strands of LED holiday lights that use 75 percent less energy than traditional sets.

The first 15 qualifying participants will each be awarded a strand of 200 LED holiday lights.

To enter:
1. “Like” the emPower Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/emPowerSBC

2. Fill out the emPower Contact Us form online http://www.empowersbc.org/contact-us-get-started

PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to include “Light Giveaway” in the message box.
Participants must own a single family detached home in Santa Barbara County to qualify.

“Decorating the house this time of year is a great tradition that doesn’t have to put a big dent on your electricity bill or waste resources,” said Ashley Watkins, emPower Program Services Supervisor. “These LED holiday lights combine an old favorite with new technology to create a simple way of doing something good for the environment.”

LED holiday lights use 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights, are more shatter resistant, and can last as many as 40 holiday seasons, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. As many as 25 strings of LED lights can be chained from a single socket and are cooler, reducing the risk of fires and burn injuries.

About emPower Central Coast
The emPower program was established by Santa Barbara County to help the community preserve the environment by lowering energy consumption and stimulate the economy by creating jobs through innovative, voluntary solutions to support a sustainable building performance market. The program recently expanded its services to Ventura County and San Luis Obispo residents as emPower Central Coast.

emPower is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison Company and Pacific Gas and Electric Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission, the US Department of Energy Better Buildings program and the California Energy Commission with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. emPower’s low cost financing is offered in partnership with Coast Hills Credit Union and Ventura County Credit Union. More information at www.empowersbc.org.

Contact

Angel Pacheco/Juliana Minsky (805) 687-3322

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