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NV Energy Starts New Residential Lighting Program

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This week NV Energy kicked off a new Residential Lighting Program which  offers in-store discounts as incentives for people to start using more energy efficient LED light bulbs.

They may seem expensive up front, but LED light bulbs will save you lots of money over time. "They're getting better. Prices have come down but this discount is going to make them more appealing," said Karl Walquist.

NV Energy started its Energy Residential Lighting Program earlier this week. It gives customers in-store discounts on qualifying LED light bulbs at certain stores like Costco, Home Depot, Sam's Club and Walmart. Lowe's stores will also start the discount program soon. 

We caught up with Greg Hart from Home Depot. He told Channel 2 News that he tried out the new LED lights a few months ago in his home. "You have certain light that goes in certain areas. So if you're going to put an LED light into a bathroom, you're going to want a bright light in it," said Hart. "In the hallways and kitchens, you're going to want a softer light."

A typical LED light bulb costs around $7 but it pays for itself within a year just by how much energy it saves. "That bulb is going to reduce your bill by about $7 a year. So over time that's going to add up quite a bit. So over the lifetime of a bulb, it's expected to save about $135," said Walquist. 

The LED bulbs use 75-80% less energy than incandescent light bulbs which are being phased out. They last much longer than your standard light bulb, around 10 to 20 times longer, depending on the type.

NV Energy says the LED program is expected to reduce electricity use by 1 million kilowatt hours every year in Northern Nevada. To put that into perspective that's equal to the amount of power used in 111 homes for a year, cutting carbon emissions by around 750 tons.

For more information and to find a nearby participating retailer visit: https://nvenergy.com/lighting

Written by Chloe Beardsley 

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