Out with the Old, In with the New: Holland BPW Offering LED Lightbulbs to Customers Who Turn In Old, Incandescent Holiday Lights for Recycling

December 2, 2016, Holland, Michigan – Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is offering LED lightbulbs to customers in exchange for turning in one or more strings of old, incandescent holiday lights. The strings of holiday lights will be properly recycled.

The promotion takes place two-days only in the HBPW Service Center lobby at 625 Hastings Ave. Stop by on December 8 from noon to 5 p.m. and December 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers may select either one LED PAR lightbulb or two A-line LED lightbulbs in exchange for a string of lights.

“LED holiday lights are a great way to enjoy the holiday season without breaking your energy budget,” said Deena Roberson, Holland BPW’s conservation program specialist. “It costs about 6 times less to operate LED compared to incandescent holiday lights.”

In addition to exchanging strings of holiday lights for lightbulbs on December 8 and 9, Holland BPW will be demonstrating the cost difference between LED and incandescent holiday lights and other benefits.

“LED holiday lights are cooler, longer lasting and more durable than incandescent lights,” said Roberson.

Holland BPW offers rebates for residential customers on LED bulbs. It’s not too late to apply for rebates this year. Customers can receive $5.50 back per 7W or greater bulb (ENERGY STAR certified) on up to 40 bulbs per year. Visit www.hollandbpw.com/rebates for the rebate application, keep the receipts and mail in by December 31.

For more details on the holiday LED light exchange, visit www.hollandbpw.com or www.facebook.com/hollandboardofpublicworks.

Holland Board of Public Works Celebrates Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8

September 29, 2015, Holland, Michigan – Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.

“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity HBPW provides to our community,” said Dave Koster, general manager, HBPW. “Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens.”

“Our service is reliable, affordable and safe, and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said Koster.

Holland BPW invites customers to participate in a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, October 7. Details include:

• Visit the HBPW Service Center (625 Hastings Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7 for Crane’s doughnuts and cider, free LED PAR lights, a Plinko game and kid’s giveaways including plastic hard hats, stickers, coloring books, mini footballs and more.

Today, Holland BPW has 175 employees, and provides electric, water, wastewater treatment and broadband utility services to more than 28,000 business and residential customers in the Holland area.

Follow HBPW on Facebook and Twitter for daily posts about Public Power Week and visit www.hollandbpw.com for more information.

Holland BPW Releases 2015 Online Water Quality Report

Holland, MI – JUNE 10, 2016— Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) has officially released its 2015 Annual Water Quality Report. The report is available online at www.hollandbpw.com/waterqualityreport15. Customers will receive a notice of its availability in bills by July 1.

The report indicates that the Holland Water Treatment System met all federal and state drinking water regulations without exception from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), all community water utilities are required to annually provide a water quality report. The report is distributed each year and reports vital information about Holland’s water quality for the previous year.

As a state certified microbiological lab, the HBPW’s Water Treatment Plant, in conjunction with three independent labs, conducted more than 50,000 tests for more than 200 plus contaminants in 2015. HBPW treated 4,089,848,278 gallons of water in 2015.

“The Annual Water Quality Report is our opportunity to demonstrate all we do to assure safe drinking water,” said Dave Koster, general manager, HBPW. “Our residents and businesses can trust their water system and its treatment process. We want our community to know that we go above and beyond all procedures and protocols to provide clean, safe drinking water for their them and their families.”

This year’s website format allows customers to easily click on different tabs about this year’s results, and information about the water treatment process and testing standards.

The Holland Board of Public Works has been providing water to the area for more than 127 years and currently provides drinking water in the City of Holland, the City of Zeeland and portions of Holland, Laketown, Fillmore and Park Townships. HBPW has consistently safeguarded its water supply and maintained a system that has never violated a maximum containment level or any other water quality standard.

Appliance and Electronics Recycling Collection Event to Be Held May 21 — Rebates for Select Appliances

May 13, 2016, Holland, Michigan – Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW)’ will host its annual Recycle Rewards appliance and electronics recycling collection event, Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holland Board of Public Works Service Center, 625 Hastings Ave.

Residential HBPW electric customers can get paid to recycle old, still working, refrigerators/freezers, dehumidifiers and room sized air conditioning units. Partnering with PADNOS, anything that is 50 percent metal or more, including washers, dryers and old strands of incandescent holiday lights, will be accepted.

HBPW is also partnering with Herman Miller, Inc. and Comprenew to provide recycling for electronics. This includes office and household electronics, phones, TVs and computer components/accessories (in any condition). CRT-style TVs and computer monitors are excluded and will not be accepted at the event.

“This is a good opportunity for area residents to lower their electric bills and help the environment,” said Anne Saliers, HBPW community energy services manager. “By getting rid of old, inefficient appliances that collect in garages and basements and recycling them properly, customers save energy and keep items out of a landfill. Customers may qualify for a rebate check, too!”

Residential electric customers of HBPW can earn $50 per appliance for up to two working freezers and refrigerators, and $15 each for up to two working room air conditioners and dehumidifiers, per household.

HBPW works with PADNOS to ensure metal and plastics are recycled with proper removal of the Freon while Comprenew, a local nonprofit technology recycling corporation, wipes all data from electronics before they are recycled.

Herman Miller, Inc. and Comprenew supply trucks to haul the electronics to be refurbished or recycled.

Volunteers from Hope Church assist in collecting electronic items, such as computers, televisions, cell phones, VCRs, microwaves and more. Comprenew, a local nonprofit technology recycling corporation, will wipe all data from electronics before they are recycled.

“This is the fifth time that we are offering the Recycle Rewards program to our customers,” said David Koster, HBPW general manager. “The collaboration among the various companies and community groups has been recognized by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for its creativity, pollution prevention and response to community needs.”

HBPW has won Neighborhood Environmental Partners awards for five consecutive years, dating back to 2011.

A full list of accepted items is available at padnos.com/recycling-centers or by calling (616) 355-1577. Rebate forms for the appliances will be available the day of the event. Customers who are unable to attend the event may call (616) 551-5933 to schedule a pick-up of full-sized working refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and room sized air conditioners.