Georgia Power offers safety, energy efficiency tips for the holidays

     Georgia Power offers safety, energy efficiency tips for the holidays

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2013

ATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As homes and businesses across the
state light up with the colors of the season this holiday, Georgia Power
reminds customers to keep safety top of mind when powering decorations with
electricity. By observing the following simple tips, customers can help ensure
that their festive illuminations will remain vibrantly lit, and safe,
throughout the season.


  oWatch for lines and poles. Be sure to install decorations away from power
    poles, lines and the building's primary power drop.
  oDon't overload. Don't overload wall outlets or extension cords. Use no
    more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  oTake extra care outdoors. Only use lights and extension cords designed for
    outdoor use and keep electric connections above ground andout of areas
    where water may collect. 
  oCheck for damaged wires. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken
    or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard
    damaged sets or repair them before using.
  oUse UL decorations. Use only lights and decorations which carry
    Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approval.

Whether indoors or out, holiday decorations can use a tremendous amount of
energy. To save money and energy this season, customers may consider
purchasing ENERGY STAR® Certified LED lights and other new technologies.
Increasingly popular and widely available, LED decorations are much longer
lasting and far less expensive to operate than traditional incandescent bulb
decorations. Other energy efficient decoration options include pre-lit fiber
optic Christmas trees and using timers to ensure lights are on only when
someone is home to enjoy them.

Georgia Power is always working to help customers save money and use energy
more efficiently. For more information about the company's energy efficiency
programs, visit

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of
the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer
Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.4
million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to
delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the
national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix
that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as
renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Consistently recognized as
a leader in customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in
overall business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by
J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit
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