PG&E Reminds Customers: LED Holiday Lights Are the Safest Way to Brighten Up the Season—and Help Save Money
Holiday lights and decorations are already popping up around
many communities in Northern and Central California—offering a dash
of much-needed cheer in 2020. As those lights go up indoors or
outside, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds
customers to use energy efficient bulbs, which are the safest
option and can help save money.
“Holidays are a great time to remind our customers about how to
practice holiday lighting safety. First and foremost, be aware of
your surroundings to avoid electric hazards,” said Aaron August,
PG&E Vice President of Business Development & Customer
Engagement. “Second, LED lights are a great way to save energy and
money on your bill this time of year.”
Life-Saving Holiday Lighting Safety
- Check for overhead power lines before hanging outdoor lights
and keep at least 10 feet away from lines.
- Never place yourself or any object near a power line.
- Make sure lights are approved for outdoor use. Never use indoor
- Check strands for cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation or
bare wires. Discard damaged strands to help avoid a fire.
LED Lights are Safe, Efficient and
- Use Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lights to lower your energy
costs. LED lights are 75% more energy efficient and last up to 25
times longer than traditional incandescent lights such as C4 and C9
bulbs. They can last up to 40 holiday seasons.
- LED lights are shatterproof and shock resistant.
- LEDs produce almost no heat, so they are safe to touch and
greatly reduce the risk of fire.
- Customers can connect up to 25 strings of LEDs end-to-end
without overloading a wall socket.
When not used properly, decorations—particularly lights—can
create safety hazards or cause fires. By taking the proper
precautions both inside and outside of the home, customers can
prevent hazards and focus on friends and family during the
More Ways to Save Energy and
- Use a timer or turn off lights before going to bed, or if you
are away from home.
- A power strip is an easy way to switch your lights and
decorations off when not in use. Just remember to use it according
to the manufacturer's instructions and avoid overloading.
PG&E also reminds customers to periodically check lights and
decorations throughout the season to ensure they continue to
operate safely. For more PG&E holiday safety and energy
efficiency tips, visit www.pge.com.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San
Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers
some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in
Northern and Central California. For more information, visit
pge.com and pge.com/news.
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