Rossland Energy Diet offers Christmas light bulb swap

Rossland residents are invited to trade in their old holiday lightbulbs, as part of the Rossland Energy Diet.

Rossland residents are invited to trade in their old holiday lightbulbs, as part of the Rossland Energy Diet. FortisBC is  hoping to brighten the holidays and save residents electricity by providing CFL bulbs and strings of LED holiday lights.

“FortisBC is welcoming winter with a light bulb and holiday light exchange for all Rossland residents and a contractor meet and greet for Rossland Energy Diet participants,” said Tom Loski, FortisBC’s vice president of customer service.

Loski noted that Natural Resources Canada estimates that changing your holiday lights can make a big difference.

Energy Star LEDs use up to 90 per cent less electricity and last 10 times longer. He said the difference is $27 in energy costs for incandescent lights compared to less than 50 cents for LEDs.

The light bulb and holiday light exchange event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at Rossland Miners’ Hall. Residents can exchange five old incandescent bulbs for CFLs. They can also exchange two strings of incandescent holiday lights for two strings of high efficiency LED lights. All lights are available on a first come, first served basis.

So far there are over 200 residential participants who have completed home energy assessments and 34 small businesses that have completed a lighting audit.