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Albany/HV: Save energy and money this holiday season
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This time of year means more lights are on, and more appliances are being used. As YNN's Brad Vivacqua reports, National Grid is reminding people what they can do to limit energy use and save money.

STATEWIDE -- National Grid officials say LED lights are the best choice if you haven't already decorated your home.

The experts say the lights use about one-tenth of the energy as regular plastic lights. This time of year, you may have noticed some people leave their lights on late at night, or during the early morning hours. However, it's recommended you put them on a timer to save energy and money.

If you like to decorate with inflatables, National Grid suggests limiting the size and number of them. If you're someone who does a lot of cooking during the holiday season, try using smaller appliances instead of a conventional oven.

If you're buying a television or a computer as a gift for someone, consider purchasing energy efficient products with an Energy Star label.

"I think people are getting better at it. I think the education and the public outreach that companies do, including utility companies like National Grid, is becoming more and more prominent and I think people are taking it more seriously. Plus, those savings are real and they can see that every month in their bill," said Virginia Limmiatis, National Grid Spokesperson.

For more tips on saving energy this holiday season, head to www.nationalgridus.com.

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