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your CO-OP PAGE 6  AUGUST 2011 LET’S SAVE ENERGY TOGETHER


New light bulbs cook up savings Out with the old, in with the new


BY JOHN DRAKE cooperative energy auditor


device, baking brownies, sugar cookies, and any number of other treats—all with the aid of a 100-watt incandescent light bulb.


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It’s nice to know the extra heat given off by that inefficient lighting can be put to good (and delicious) use. But you’re not cooking with the other light bulbs in your home, and traditional incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent of their energy by releasing heat. That’s not surprising, since the bulb’s design hasn’t been updated since it was created 130 years ago.


Just as cars and refrigerators have become more efficient over time, light bulbs are getting an overhaul. In 2007 Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act, calling for incandescent bulbs to be at least 28 percent more efficient starting nationally in January 2012. Each household could save $50 every year with this change, and those savings add up–Americans could save over $6 billion annually.


You have several efficient light bulb options. If you don’t want to stray too far from the bulbs you’re used to, consider halogen incandescent light bulbs. They cut energy use by about 25 percent and last three times as long as traditional incandescent bulbs.


rowing up, my daughter had an Easy-Bake Oven. It was a miraculous


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are commonly used in electronics. The bulbs are small—about half the size of a pencil eraser—but by banding several bulbs together, a bright and dependable light emerges.


LEDs use 75-80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer—by far the longest lifespan yet for light bulbs. They’re expensive, but prices will fall as more folks use the technology.


Another distinctive style of bulb should already be familiar—we’ve been promoting compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for several years.


CFLs are the most common and cost-effective efficient bulb on the market. The trademark swirly style is linked to the concept of efficient lighting, but some manufacturers also encase CFLs to diffuse the light and provide the same look and feel as traditional bulbs. CFLs offer 75 percent energy savings over traditional incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer.


The last lighting option holds the most promise for our lighting future. Light- emitting diodes (LEDs)


Ready to start saving? New labels, appearing in January, will help you compare the lumens (light output) from your old bulbs and buy a comparable efficient bulb. You can learn more at www. energysavers.gov/lighting.


But what about the Easy- Bake Oven? Have no fear— future bakers will still be able to perfect sugary treats. Hasbro plans to introduce a new Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven in late 2011, featuring an alternative heating element. So your future chefs can still find inspiration—and you can funnel some of your lighting savings toward culinary school!


Lucky Account #30539000. If this number matches the account number on your bill, please call 800-780-6486 for a $25 bill credit.


For energy saving advice, please visit Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives energy-saving website, www.TogetherWeSave. com. To schedule a free energy audit, please call John Drake or Mark Zachry at 800-780-6486, ext. 233.


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