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New Richmond Utilities offers LED Holiday Light Exchange and Recycling Partnership

This holiday season New Richmond Utilities is reminding homeowners and businesses about the benefits and advantages of energy efficient lighting options to help customers stretch their holiday dollar and trim their holiday energy bill.

New Richmond Utilities recommends replacing traditional holiday lights with a more energy efficient lighting option to decorate the home or business, such as light-emitting diode (LED) lights. Compared to standard incandescent holiday lights, LED lights offer several advantages. LED holiday lights use up to 90 percent less energy to produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, cost significantly less to operate, and last longer than standard lights. LEDs also emit much less heat than traditional lights, greatly reducing the risk of fire hazards, and do not have the same components that cause traditional lights to burn out or combust.

In promotion of this transition, New Richmond Utilities will be holding a “LED Holiday Light Exchange” to help residents save money and protect the environment by using less energy this holiday season. This exchange allows New Richmond Utilities customers to bring in old strands of incandescent holiday lights (working or not working) in exchange for new LED multi-color or white holiday light strands. There is no cost to exchange lights, but participants must be customers of New Richmond Utilities to be eligible for new strands. The supply of lights is limited to two strands per household on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.

The “Holiday Light Exchange” will take place during the week of November 7 – November 11 at the New Richmond Utilities office from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent with the LED Holiday Light Exchange, New Richmond Utilities has partnered with Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) as part of its "Recycle Your Holidays™," recycling program.

"Recycle Your Holidays™ recycles every part of the light strings. Even the little lights are recycled by another project partner Green Lights Recycling." stated Kellie Kish, Program Manager at RAM. “Last year we collected over 200,000 lbs of holiday lights for recycling from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The amount of lights collected provides full-time employment for over 400 adults with disabilities.” For more information visit

In addition to recycling lights at the New Richmond Utilities office, Doyle’s Farm and Home Ace Hardware is participating as a local collection location with "Recycle Your Holidays™". Customers are encouraged to recycle as many strands of incandescent holiday lights at either location, but in order to receive the LED lights, the exchange must occur at the New Richmond Utilities office. Collections at both locations will run through the end of January.