PUD mailing fluorescent bulbs

Clallam County Public Utility District is mailing five energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to each of its 28,000 electricity customers in effort to reduce overall energy usage.

"Once all of these bulbs are put to use, we will reduce customers' electricity usage by enough to power approximately 250 Clallam County homes," said Fred Mitchell, the PUD's power supply and utility services manager.

The five ENERGY STAR(r) bulbs, two 13-watt and three 20-watt, are being sent to each residential customer's physical mailing address at no cost. If a customer finds anything wrong with the box's contents, call the distributor,

AutoCell Electronics, Inc., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 888-393-6688.

Improved efficiency

The bulbs provide the same amount of light as 60-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs while using about one-fourth of the electricity.

They also last eight to 10 times longer so replacement costs alone save customers about $30 over the life of the CFL bulb, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Each package includes an insert that explains the bulbs' best uses, progress in CFL technology and information about proper disposal.

Because CFL bulbs use a minute portion of mercury, proper disposal is recommended. The Home Depot store, 1145 W. Washington St., Sequim, will take the bulbs at no charge. ASM Signs,1327 E. First St. in Port Angeles, and Ecycle NW, 272693 E. Highway 101, will both take CFL bulbs for a fee.

Double savings

A bill passed the Legislature requires manufacturers of CFL bulbs to provide for their recycling.

Initiative 937, approved by voters in November 2006, requires Clallam PUD to almost double its energy conservation goals during the next two years.

"This CFL program is the most efficient and cost-effective ways for us to meet this ambitious goal. The result will be considerable energy and financial savings for both our customers and the PUD," Mitchell said.

"Federal standards will in the next few years require the market to offer only bulbs with efficiency standards that cannot be reached with incandescent bulbs."

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