Light Where You Live
Help make Surrey brighter this winter.
The City of Surrey is launching the #LightWhereYouLive campaign this holiday season. We encourage you to brighten Surrey this winter by installing seasonal lights at home and sharing on social media.
Light Where You Live
Flash Contest, 1-Day Only!
On December 21, upload a photo of your festive lights to Instagram Stories using the hashtag #LightWhereYouLive and tag @thecityofsurrey to be entered to win.
Light Where You Live Contest
Between November 21 and December 20 Surrey residents are invited to submit photos or videos of their decorations! A draw will be done each week for a prize from one of the participating Surrey Store to Door businesses.
You can enter by:
- Commenting on the contest post with a photo or video through Facebook;
- Submitting a photo or video on Instagram using the #LightWhereYouLive hashtag;
- Submitting a photo or video to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Light Displays in Surrey Parks
Due to COVID-19 the Bear Creek Lights event will not be taking place this year. Instead, smaller seasonal light displays have been lit throughout Surrey at the following parks:
- Newton Athletic Park
- Bear Creek Park Entrance
- South Surrey Athletic Park
- The Forever Garden next to the South Surrey Arena
- 20 Avenue West of 148
Also check out these other local light highlights!
- Beecher Place Wrapped Tree - 12160 Beecher Street
- Civic Plaza Tree
- Hawthorne Square and Downtown Cloverdale - 176 and 57a Avenue
Energy Saving Tips
Make your season bright and save on electricity with these helpful tips from Surrey's Sustainability & Energy Services.
Make the switch to LED
- LED lights last longer! As per BC hydro, by replacing an incandescent with a LED, you could save $75 in electricity over the lifetime of the LED bulb. And because LEDs can last up to 10-15 years, you won't have to replace bulbs nearly as often.
- LEDs shine brighter and save energy. According to the Department of Energy of the United States, lighting up a six-foot tree 12 hours a day for 40 days would cost an estimate of $10 when using incandescent C-9 lights. In contrast, the same tree would cost only $0.27 in the same time period with LED strings. You can even switch off the room lights when the Christmas tree is lit.
Turn the thermostat down
- Turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees within comfortable range. Heating your home in the winter and keeping it cool in the summer represents nearly two-thirds of your home energy costs. Reducing the set point temperature during winters can lead to major savings.
Unplug unused appliances
- Get rid of costs due to Phantom Power. Don’t pay for energy you are not using. Most household electrical devices draw power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unplug things you are not using such as coffee maker, electric toothbrush, gaming systems, cellphone chargers etc.
Buy energy efficient electronics
- Buy energy star certified energy efficient electronic equipment for your household or as gifts. Your appliances account for up to 13 percent of your energy use at home. The more efficient they are, the more money you will save.
Turn off unused house lights
- Make your home office energy efficient. Turn off the lights when not in the room, unplug the devices when not in use, turn-off monitors after the work-day, open the curtains – allow sunlight to warm the rooms
Wash laundry in cold water
- Wash your clothes in cold water, when possible. Water heating consumes about 90% of the energy it takes to operate a clothes washer. Unless you’re dealing with oily stains, washing in cold water will generally do a good job of cleaning. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut energy use in half. Using the cold cycle reduces energy use even more.