Village dreaming of a "green" Christmas

SARANAC LAKE - With help from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the village of Saranac Lake is making the holiday season a little greener by investing in energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) decorative lights to complement its holiday decorations.

The village has installed approximately 5,500 energy efficient LED decorative lights on its lighted decorations and has replaced 30 strings of lights with LED light stringers. The village purchased the lights from Downtown Decorations based in Syracuse.

"Using energy efficient LED decorative light strings will help the village of Saranac Lake save energy and reduce costs for years to come," said Bob Callender, vice president for Programs for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). "These long-lasting lights are a smart way for all New Yorkers to celebrate the holidays efficiently and help the state reach its goal of reducing electricity consumption 15 percent by 2015."

"The village will enjoy significant savings from investing in LED holiday lights," said village of Saranac Lake mayor Thomas Michael. "At the same time, we are reducing our impact on the environment. We appreciate NYSERDA's assistance with this project."

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