Saving energy doesn’t take a lot it’s the little things like switching a fluorescent bulb that count
Conserving energy saves money and protects the environment. It’s that simple. Through its Clean Energy Initiative (CEI), The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) offers a wide range of convenient and effective programs and services to help Long Island use less electricity and win.
The CEI, originally conceived by Governor George Pataki, seeks to spend $170 million over a five-year period to promote energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy technologies. In the end however, it’s the individual consumer who can make a big difference by making small changes in how electricity is used.
“We all have to change the way we think about energy and how we use it,” said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel. “This doesn’t always mean major lifestyle changes. In fact, a great deal can be accomplished if everyone initiates just a few small changes. Cumulatively that can have a major impact that translates into significant energy savings.”
Change a Bulb and make a difference. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) in light fixtures used the most.
- Just 10 CFL bulbs purchased per house would save $502.60 per household in electricity savings over the 7-year life of the bulbs.
- Upgrading one 60-watt incandescent light bulb to a 15-watt CFL will over its lifetime, eliminate one drum of oil from being burned in a power plant and up to 1,400 lbs. of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere
Normal incandescent bulbs are not very energy efficient. CFL’s use about 75% less energy and can last 10 times as long. Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact flourescents can reduce the lighting portion of electric bills by 10-to15%. Only 10% of the energy used to power an incandescent bulb actually produces light. The remaining energy is wasted and just produces heat. On the other hand, compact flourescents produce very little heat, which make them an ideal choice for home use. Cooler bulbs can also provide a bonus in the summer months. In addition, compact fluorescent bulbs will last up to 10,000 hours, which is nine to ten times longer than an incandescent bulb. Customers can save energy, money and keep their home cooler when compact flourescents bulbs are installed.
CFL’s are affordable as well. LIPA customers can purchase CFL’s at discounted prices through LIPA’s EnergyWise catalog. LIPA recently published its fifth EnergyWise Catalog and is the first electric utility in New York State to provide its customers with the opportunity to purchase energy-efficient products through a catalog. To date 178,602 high-efficiency lighting products have been sold through LIPA’s EnergyWise catalog. Over 166,000 CFL’s have been purchased through the EnergyWise catalog. Those bulbs represent a savings of over 10,145 mega watt-hours (MWH) of electricity.
And keep those bulbs clean. Dirty, greasy, smoky light bulbs can reduce light output by as much as 10 percent. Dust your light bulbs regularly. (Make sure they are cool before touching them.) You’ll avoid the tendency of switching to a stronger bulb, which will use more energy.
In May 1998, LIPA reduced electric rates across the board by an average of 20% Islandwide. Over the last three years that rate reduction has saved Long Island’s electricity consumers more than $1.5 million dollars. LIPA also offers a wide range of programs that can help consumers lower electricity costs through energy conservation and efficiency.
The Long Island Power Authority owns the retail electric system on Long Island. LIPA provides electric service to nearly 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.
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