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Rebate for CFL bulbs raised to $1.40 from $1 each

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:36 a.m. HST, Mar 15, 2012

The state’s main energy efficiency program has boosted the instant rebate for compact florescent light bulbs to $1.40 from $1 for a limited time to encourage residents to replace their old incandescent bulbs.

A household can as much as $100 a year by swapping out the old bulbs with CFLs, said Ray Staring, Hawaii Energy Program manger. CFLs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last nearly 10 times longer, he said.

Hawaii Energy administers the energy conservation and efficiency program for Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui counties. The program is funded mainly through a fee paid by electric utility customers.

In addition to the CFL rebate, Hawaii Energy is funding a Blue Planet Foundation program that allows residents on Maui and Hawaii island to trade their incandescent bulbs for CFLs.

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localguy wrote:
This is good news, however we could do even better by offering say $5-$10 rebates for LED light bulbs.Thanks to Amazon.com, I've purchased $17.50 cool white, 900watt LED light bulbs using only 9 watts. They replaced my energy guzzling 16 watt CFLs. Now the lights come on instantly, look great, will last many times longer than CFLs and best of all, no mercury. Oh, Costco has some great LED floodlights in two sizes. Again I replaced CFLs with these energy misers and I could not be more satisfied. Yes, they are more expensive, but considering their extremely long life, very low power consumption and HECO's rates only going higher, currently around $.35 per kilowatt, they will pay for themselves over time. Walmart uses them in their frozen/cold food lockers. Ok Hawaii & HECO, lets move ahead and start embracing LED lights. Anchorage replaced all their streetlights and is enjoying a huge savings in power and maintenance costs. (Yes, we are changing out traffic lights, good start) Why are we again lagging the rest of the USA? Why? Because it's what we do. (PS: Anyone need some slightly used CFLs?)
on March 15,2012 | 07:00AM
bluebowl wrote:
Where do you turn them in?
on March 15,2012 | 07:58AM
localguy wrote:
As you either enter or leave Lowes or Home Depot, they have deposit boxes there. CFLs should be in ziplock bags. I dropped some off there about three weeks ago.
on March 15,2012 | 08:02AM
bluebowl wrote:
IRT Localguy,Mahalo.
on March 15,2012 | 10:19AM
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