Free CFLs, showerheads, aerators are available
Energy Trust of Oregon program also includes free installation
There is no such thing as a free lunch, right?
However, even better, there are free compact fluorescent light bulbs, showerheads and faucet aerators that will be installed right in your home.
Energy Trust of Oregon and General Pacific are offering up to 10 Energy StarÂ® qualified CFLs, up to two showerheads or shower wands, one kitchen faucet aerator and up to two bathroom faucet aerators.
To be eligible for CFLs, homeowners must be Oregon customers of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power.
To be eligible for the showerheads, wands and aerators, Oregon homeowners must primarily heat their water with electricity or natural gas from PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas.
There are a few other minimum requirements too: CFLs must be installed in high-usage areas and cannot replace existing CFLs or other high-efficiency light bulbs; they cannot be installed in fixtures with dimmers or three-way sockets.
Showerheads cannot replace existing showerheads of 1.75 GPM or less or showerheads previously installed through Energy Trust;
Shower wands may only replace shower wands; participating contractors must install the fixtures and cannot leave them in the home for the homeowner to install.
Installations must meet Energy Trust quality-control standards, and installations will be inspected to ensure the highest-quality work, energy savings and trade ally rating.
Products cannot be offered as a door-to-door service or by an unsolicited phone call; and quality control requirements apply.
According to Energy Trust, one CFL can save up to $30 in energy costs over its lifetime; they last up to 10 times longer than standard light bulbs; and 10 can save $30 per year.
High-performance showerheads, wands and faucet aerators use up to 20 percent less water than standard fixtures and lower water-heating costs.
Customers with electric water heaters can save up to $110 per year, and those with gas water heaters can save up to $50 per year.
The products are free because the service is part of Energy Trust's efforts to help customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas to save money and use less energy.
All people have to do is make an appointment for the installation and then fill out a simple incentive-application form provided by the contractor who comes to their home.
People who obtain the free products may receive a call from Energy Trust to confirm that the products were installed and to make sure customers are satisfied with the service.
People may get more information at www.energytrust.org/residential or by calling Energy Trust of Oregon at 1-866-368-7878.
Also, one of the Energy Trust trade ally contractors, Good Energy Retrofit, will be in the King City/Summerfield area Nov. 16 and 30 to install the free products if local people want to set up appointments.
Kris Grube is the owner of the woman-owned company with a workforce that is 50 percent female, and the contractor provides homeowners with full-energy efficiency services such as insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling systems, hot water heaters and windows.