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Advice from Energy Trust of Oregon


Switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient lighting is one of the easiest and most affordable steps consumers can take to save energy and money and protect the environment.

To help utility customers make a change to energy-efficient lighting, the nonprofit Energy Trust of Oregon is working with participating retailers across the state to offer discounted prices on a variety of Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs(CFLs). The bulbs are suitable for the whole house and include options for specialty lights such as globes for bathroom bars, candle bulbs for chandeliers, flood lights for outdoor fixtures and indoor recessed cans.

Energy Star qualified CFLs offer energy savings of 75 percent or more compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, and can help save about $6 per light bulb on the annual energy bill. Consumers who replace their traditional bulbs with Energy Star qualified CFLs can recover their costs in about six months.

Discounted CFLs are available at Ace/True Value Hardware, Albertson’s, Batteries Plus, Bed Bath and Beyond, Bi-Mart, Big Lots, Costco, Fred Meyer, Grover Electric and Plumbing Supply, Haggen, Home Depot, Lowe’s, PARR Lumber, Platt Electric

Supply, Safeway, Walmart and Winco. No coupon is required — the discounts are reflected in the shelf price and are available through the end of the year.

Energy Trust of Oregon offers the following shopping tips:

Check the Lighting Facts label on the packaging — Lighting facts labels are required on all lighting packages. The label offers an easy way to compare bulbs in the shopping aisle with information about brightness (lumens), estimated annual operating cost, how long the bulb should last and light appearance(warm to cool).

Look for lumens not watts — Lumens show how much light a bulb will provide, watts show much power it uses. Watts are a better predictor of how much energy a light bulb uses than how bright it is. Overall, for lower light per bulb, look for fewer lumens; for brighter light, look for a greater number of lumens.

Determine which shapes, sizes you need — Efficient lighting comes in a variety of shapes and sizes designed to work with a wide range of fixtures. There are CFLs for almost any fixture. Be sure to match the right bulb to the right fixture.

Consider color tone — If you’re looking for a warm light tone, choose efficient bulbs marked “soft white” or “warm white.” Choose “cool white” or “bright white” for a more neutral and brighter white tone. Bulbs marked “daylight” provide a very cool, very bright white light. Warmer light is typically good for bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. You might want a brighter cooler light in kitchens or work spaces like offices or garages.

Energy Star label ensures quality and performance — Lighting marked with the blue Energy Star label means it has met stringent requirements for brightness, color quality and consistency, and must comply with federal and industry power and operating standards.

For more information, including Energy Trust discounts, visit energytrust.org/cfl.