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Subject:   Climate Action Now Celebrates Public Power, City Light Conservation
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10/5/2007  12:40:00 PM
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Climate Action Now Celebrates Public Power, City Light Conservation
Compact Flourescent Light Bulb GIveaway Lets Customers Twist & Save


SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels’ Climate Action Now campaign is celebrating Public Power Week and Seattle City Light’s 30th anniversary of electricity conservation.

From Oct. 8 through Oct. 13, Seattle City Light customers who visit any of the utility’s bill payment centers to pay their bill will receive at no charge, an Energy Star® compact fluorescent light bulb. These energy efficient bulbs use only a quarter to a third of the electricity needed by a traditional incandescent bulb. Better yet, compact fluorescents will last seven to 10 times longer. Over the life of the twisty-shaped bulb, a compact fluorescent will save the user about $30 on his or her energy bills.

Through it’s Twist & Save program Seattle City Light is partnering with manufacturers and retailers to offer in-store discounts on Energy Star bulbs, many of which are less than $1 each. Participating retailers include Costco, Home Depot, Fred Meyer, Bartell Drug and the Maple Leaf Ace Hardware. No coupon or rebate form is needed to receive the discounts, which are provided at the register.

Retailers expect to sell about 500,000 light bulbs through the program, which would create enough energy savings to power about 1,800 Seattle homes.
Seattle City Light has been an advocate for energy conservation since it started an energy efficiency program call “Kill-A-Watt” in 1977. In the three decades since that program started, conservation efforts by Seattle City Light customers have saved more than 11,844,445 megawatt-hours (12 billion kilowatt-hours), or enough energy to power the homes of four cities the size of Seattle for a year. Additionally, City Light became the first utility in the nation to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality in 2005 and repeated that achievement in 2006.

Public Power Week, which runs from Oct. 7 through 13, recognizes the importance and value of customer-owned public electric utilities, such as Seattle City Light.

For a list of payment centers, visit www.seattle.gov/twistandsave. Not all payment centers are open on Saturday.



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