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(Wakefield) — The Town of Wakefield and the Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department (WMGLD) have joined together to promote energy conservation in the community by sponsoring a Holiday Lights & Community Spirit Contest.
The contest will be conducted between Friday, November 24th and Sunday, December 31st, 2017, and will be open to Wakefield residents who use energy efficient outdoor holiday light displays at their homes. Three winners will be selected from the entries that are submitted, and each winner will receive a $100 credit on their WMGLD bill. WMGLD customers and friends can submit their own homes for consideration, or they can nominate a neighbor.
A panel of judges will tour the community to view the entries. All contest entrants must use energy efficient LED lights to be considered. The judges will also consider online likes and the community spirit of the display when making their selection. Winners will be announced on January 4, 2018.
Energy efficient LED holiday lights not only save electricity and money, they last up to 10 times longer than incandescent lights while consuming 75% less energy, according to WMGLD General Manager Pete Dion. In addition to the energy-saving benefits, a single LED bulb in a strand will not compromise the entire strand in the unlikely event that it does eventually burn out, and LED lights are cool to the touch, representing much less of a fire hazard.
“Our community is very vibrant and I am looking forward to seeing the creative displays,” said Wakefield Town Administrator Steve Maio.
To submit your lighting display or nominate a neighbor, please e-mail a photo, address, description and phone number to [email protected]
Photos will be displayed on the Town of Wakefield website (wakefield.ma.us) and Facebook pages. Members of the community are encouraged to like and comment on their favorite lighting display photos online.
“We are happy to be working with the Town of Wakefield to encourage the use of energy efficient holiday lighting displays,” WMGLD General Manager Dion added. “The contest is a great reason for WMGLD customers to retire their older, inefficient holiday lights and purchase LED lights for their outdoor displays. We hope that everyone gets in the spirit and submits an entry.”
For more information on the Holiday Lights & Community Spirit Contest, please visit the Town of Wakefield website wakefield.ma.us or e-mail [email protected]