As part of its ongoing effort to promote energy conservation, Homer Electric Association (HEA) is offering a set of five compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) free in exchange for five incandescent bulbs through a program they are calling "Kick inCan." "We started out with 7,000 CFL bulbs. We are exchanging them with Homer Electric members who bring in five of the old incandescent bulbs to our offices, and we'll make the five-for-five exchange," Joe Gallagher of HEA told the Dispatch. In addition to the Kenai and Homer HEA offices, "Kick inCan" exchanges may be made at the Salvation Army Stores, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Homer Food Pantry, Seldovia Village Tribe, Port Graham Village Council, Nanwalek IRA Council, and the office of the Ninilchik Traditional Council. "We have partnered with a number of social service agencies to be Kick inCan sites. These groups were selected to insure that the bulbs get into the hands of folks who might benefit the most from the exchange, and assist them in managing their electric bills this winter," said HEA member relations manager Sandra Ghormley.
According to Ghormley, replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs can be a major source of savings for a household. "A 15-watt CFL bulb uses 75 percent less energy than a 60-watt incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light. Over the life of one bulb, savings can be as much as $40 dollars," she said. Energy conservation is also like producing energy for the future says Ghormley. "It's one of the components of future energy generation, as there becomes a greater need for electric generation because of increased population, more homes, and industry, one of the ways to reduce the need for building more power generation is through conservation. It's certainly part of the equation," she said. "Times have changed, and today we're basically looking at changing the way our members go about their daily lives. Changing out a CFL bulb is one step, lowering thermostats and the time we do our laundry in order to effect energy conservation is another," added Joe Gallagher.
According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program, Americans saved $1.5 billion dollars by switching to CFLs in the year 2007. For more information about CFL's and energy savings go to www.energystar.gov. For more about the "Kick inCan" program call HEA at 283-5831 or in Homer at 235-8551.
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