The province is helping municipalities trim trees with energy-efficient lighting this holiday season. Conserve Nova Scotia is partnering with municipalities provincewide to help offset the cost to purchase light emitting diode (LED) holiday lights for trees and public displays. “The demand for electricity tends to peak during the holiday season, but there are things we can do to reduce the amount of energy we use,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “By switching to energy-efficient LED holiday lights, Nova Scotians are doing their part to reduce the demand for electricity, while reducing harmful greenhouse-gas emissions.” A string of LED holiday lights lasts at least 10 times longer and uses 95 per cent less energy than traditional holiday lights. Holiday LEDs also save money. LEDs use about eight cents of electricity for every 200 hours of operation with a 70 light string, whereas the same number of incandescent bulbs cost about $7.70 to operate. Since there is no filament to burn out, LEDs can last up to 200,000 hours. LEDs do not produce heat, so there is less of a fire hazard compared with traditional incandescent holiday lights. Under the cost sharing agreement, Conserve Nova Scotia is investing $20,000 to pay half the costs of the energy-efficient lighting. Participating municipalities pay the other half. All municipalities were invited to take part in the LED holiday light program through the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. To date, 24 of Nova Scotia’s 55 municipalities have participated.