Friday, April 10, 2009

Harrah's Takes Conservation to the Streets

Hats off to Harrah's for taking conservation to the streets. Armed with 75,000 compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) donated by NV Energy, approximately 100 Harrah’s employees will help Nevadans become more energy efficient. Throughout selected neighborhoods in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe and Laughlin, each resident will receive 12 CFL light bulbs from Harrah’s H.E.R.O. (Harrah’s Entertainment Reaching Out) volunteers.

Since 2003, NV Energy has provided rebates on more than 7 million CFLs to promote energy efficiency and help its ratepayers manage their energy usage. The 75,000 light bulbs in this project will collectively reduce more than 63 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and save more than $3 million in energy costs over the life of the CFLs. CFLs use 75 percent less energy, emit 85 percent less heat, and last up to 10 times longer than their incandescent counterparts.

"Our relationship with Harrah’s H.E.R.O. volunteers is just one shining example of our community coming together to help our residents save money and energy," said John Hargrove, program manager for NV Energy. "During these tough economic times, customers are looking for ways to reduce their energy bill. Not only are customers saving money by replacing their incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, they are reducing their carbon footprint as well which helps ensure a clean future for all Nevadans.”

"We have realized significant savings by replacing lighting in our casino resorts with energy efficient options," said Tom Jenkin, western division president, Harrah’s Entertainment. "Over the next several weeks our H.E.R.O. volunteers are sharing this energy saving tip—and the light bulbs—to the residents in our Nevada communities. The strength of our environmentally sustainable programs comes from our employees as they continuously develop new ideas to reduce our environmental footprint."

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