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Heavenly employees getting free energy-efficient light bulbs

Heavenly Mountain Resort employees who live in California will be receiving free compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) from Sierra Pacific Power Company.

About 1,000 resort employees who live in Sierra Pacific’s California service territory each will receive a dozen free bulbs so they can replace less-efficient incandescent bulbs they have at home. Light produced by one of the 13-watt bulbs is equivalent to the output of a 60-watt incandescent bulb.

The giveaway fits well with Heavenly’s overall environmental stewardship program, said Blaise Carrig, Heavenly’s chief operating officer.

“This program enables our employees to save money on energy while they reduce their impact on the environment,” Carrig said.

In 2007, Sierra Pacific distributed more than 524,000 CFLs in Northern Nevada and the Lake Tahoe area, either for free or through utility-sponsored discounts at retailer stores.

Besides joining with the utility to help employees save energy, Heavenly reduced its own electricity use in 2007 by upgrading snowmaking equipment so that it operates more efficiently.

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The resort earned a $14,000 incentive payment from Sierra Pacific’s Sure Bet energy efficiency program for investing in snowmaking upgrades that are expected to reduce energy usage by more than 700,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

The ski resort plans additional energy-saving measures which will earn it further incentive payments.