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Think "Green" Before Decking the Halls

Cedar Falls (KWWL) -- As the holiday's approach, Cedar Falls Utilities is asking everyone to think "green" before decking the halls.

CFU is sponsoring a Holiday Light Recycling Day on November 12, 2009.

If you are making the switch from incandescent lights to low-energy, longer-lasting LED holiday lights, you can drop off strings of old incandescent holiday lights to be recycled.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that if every household made the switch, the country would save almost $410 million in electricity. 

LED's use up to 90% less energy and last up to 40 holiday seasons longer than the regular incandescent lights.  LED's also burn cooler and have a nearly un-breakable bulb.

Pete Olson, CFU Energy Services Manager says, "While we encourage customers to transition to energy-efficient LED holiday lighting, we don't want them to just throw them in the garbage and fill up landfills with thousands of strings of incandescent lights."

Residents can drop off working or non-working strings of incandescent holiday lights at the CFU Offices on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m..

All sizes of the incandescent holiday lights will be accepted.

CFU customers that participate will be entered in a drawing for a tree's worth of LED holiday lights.

Full details are available at

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