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Monday, October 27, 2008

CFLs give a new meaning to daylight savings

From a media release issued by Focus on Energy:

As fall turns to winter and the sun sets earlier each night, Wisconsinites are turning on their lights, and in doing so, spending more money on electricity. Fortunately, there is a way to turn on lights and turn back energy costs.

With just a twist of the wrist, ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can reduce energy use by up to 75 percent, and changing out the five most used bulbs in a home can save $35 in energy costs the first year alone.

To add another twist on the savings, Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative, is offering ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs for a discounted price at participating retail locations, beginning October 1 for a
limited time.

“Over the past several years, residents throughout Wisconsin have reduced their energy use and their utility bills by using ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs, but there are still many who have not made the switch,” said Mike Plunkett, Lighting Program Manager. “Fortunately, for those still holding out, the technology has improved over the years with the issues of humming, flickering and poor light quality having been eliminated. So people who didn’t like the early bulbs may be surprised to find they’ll get a great functioning bulb that saves them money for years to come.”

. . . ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs are being sold for a discounted price at select retail locations, including Ace Hardware, Big Lots, Copps Food Center, Cub Foods, Do it Best, Dollar Tree, Festival Foods, Hardware Hank, Home Concept, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Pick ‘n Save, Sentry Foods, ShopKo, True Value Hardware, Trustworthy Hardware and Woodman’s locations.

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