BGE Smart Energy Savers Program lights up Washington Monument

Baltimore Washington Monument Lighting 2013 BGE Smart Energy Savers Program lights up Washington MonumentBALTIMORE – As an anticipated 5,000 spectators prepare to attend Thursday evening’s 42nd Annual Holiday Lighting of Baltimore’s Washington Monument, they can expect to see the Monument lit by more than 16,000 Light Emitting Diode (LED) energy efficient lights, donated by the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® in support of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.

Located in Baltimore City’s historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood, this is the fifth consecutive year that the Monument will be lit by the energy-efficient lights, which were donated by the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program in 2009. These LED bulbs burn brighter, last longer and use up to 90 percent less energy than previously used incandescent light bulbs. In addition to the donation of the energy efficient lights that will illuminate the Monument, the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program has also donated the LED lights that will be used to decorate the vendor booths throughout the event’s Holiday Village.

“The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is committed to providing smart energy solutions to all customers and BGE is proud to team up with the Downtown Partnership again this year, continuing the support we provided by donating the energy-efficient holiday lights that have become an integral part of this great Baltimore tradition,” said Ruth C. Kiselewich, director of demand side management programs for BGE. “The energy-efficient LED holiday lights that light up the historic Washington Monument have been a gift that keeps on giving year-after-year, helping the City save energy and money every time they are used. We have extended that gift by donating the LED holiday lights decorating the vendor booths in the Holiday Village during this spectacular annual lighting event.”

For the holiday season, the Washington Monument will be illuminated by more than 16,000 LED lights on 84, sixty-five-foot strands. One strand of lights contains 200 LEDs and uses only 12 watts of electricity. By comparison, the 1,200 incandescent bulbs that were used in the past are similar in size to the appliance bulbs used inside refrigerators and typically consumed 40 watts each, or about 48,000 watts total.

Thursday night’s event will feature a holiday village, with food and crafts vendors, on Mount Vernon’s West Park starting at 5:30 p.m. Live entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the Monument will be lit shortly before 8:00 p.m., immediately followed by a fireworks finale.

For more information on the 42nd Annual Holiday Lighting event, visit www.GoDowntownBaltimore.com.

Recently, BGE made a $100,000 donation to the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, a nonprofit non-profit organization that is working in a public/private partnership with the City of Baltimore to the Washington Monument so that it may be reopened to the public in 2015. The grant solidifies BGE’s commitment to the safe, energy-efficient lighting in the community and will be used by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy to upgrade and install energy-efficient lighting at the historic Washington Monument.

“We are grateful to BGE for their contribution towards the all-new electrical system and other upgrades at the Washington Monument,” said Lance Humphries of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. “This will allow us to install permanent energy-efficient lighting of the monument as part of our overall restoration.”

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