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Tarentum offering electric bill credits as prizes in home Christmas decorating contest

Brian C. Rittmeyer

Winners of a holiday home decorating contest in Tarentum will get a break on their electric bills.

Mayor Eric Carter said the first-place winner will receive a $100 credit toward their electric bill, while the second-place finisher will get a $50 credit and third place will earn a $25 credit.

Council President Erika Josefoski said officials decided to offer the electric-bill credits after some borough residents complained about high electric bills this summer.

“We want people to participate and get in the spirit,” she said.

Tarentum runs its own power distribution system.

Depending on how many lights a resident fires up, any of the prizes could cover much if not all of the additional electric cost for the season, especially if LED lights are being used.

Last year, The Washington Post found that LED Christmas lights cost a lot less to run than old-style incandescent ones.

A string of 25 incandescent C9 bulbs, the big ones often used outdoors, would cost $15.12 to run for 12 hours a day for 45 days. A comparable string of C9 LEDs would cost just 21 cents over the same time.

Running four strands of 25 incandescent C9s will cost over $60 for the season. Using LEDs slashes that to just over 80 cents.

The cost to power a string of 100 incandescent mini bulbs is an estimated $3.53 for a season, compared with 41 cents for as many mini LEDs.

Residents who want to participate will have to submit an entry form. Forms will be available the borough’s website . Paper entry forms will be available at the borough office, Carter said.

Freelance writer Tom Yerace contributed to this report. Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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