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Aug. 16, 2018
For Release: Immediately
One Million LED Lightbulbs Distributed or Purchased
Through Central Hudson Programs

One million high-efficiency LED lightbulbs have been purchased by or provided to customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation through the utility’s efforts to help lower energy bills and reduce emissions. Over their lifetime, the 1 million LED lightbulbs will save participating customers a combined $153 million in energy costs, lower electricity use by more than 782 million kilowatt-hours and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 368,000 tons, or the equivalent of powering nearly 4,400 homes per year or removing more than 3,500 cars from the road.

LED, or light emitting diode, lightbulbs are designed to reduce electricity used for lighting by 70 to 90 percent while producing the same brightness, and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. By lowering energy use, each LED bulb is estimated to save households an average of about $7.70 per year, and with an expected life span of up to 20 years, provide a total lifetime savings of $153 each.

Central Hudson offers ENERGY STAR® certified LED lightbulbs through several channels, which combined have sold or distributed 1 million bulbs since 2016. Discounted LED lightbulbs are available through: Central Hudson’s online CenHub Store, via which nearly 101,000 have been sold; through instant rebates offered by Central Hudson at local home centers, where customers purchased more than 877,000 LED lightbulbs; and through Central Hudson’s Community Lighting Program, distributing nearly 22,000 free LED lightbulbs to families in need by partnering with local United Way agencies.

“LED lightbulbs have come a long way in helping our customers manage their energy use while improving lighting at home and in the workplace,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution Operations. “Our programs and partnerships have made a real difference in offering low-cost LED lighting to our customers while reducing their energy bills, conserving resources and protecting the environment.

 “Many household can still take advantage of the savings offered by LED lighting, so these special offers will continue,” said Freni. “LED lightbulbs are offered in a variety of styles, from daylight to warm hues, standard and filament bulbs, and even programmable lamps that change colors using smart phone apps. LED lighting offers a whole new way to illuminate our homes.”

For more information on LED lightbulbs, visit the U.S. Department of Energy at; and to learn of Central Hudson’s offerings, go to or log onto the CenHub Store at To download a guide on selecting and purchasing LED lights, go to


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