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This program is one of several innovative solutions offered by the Energy Efficiency Fund, an Energize CT partner, and administered by UI.
BE A STAR! An ENERGY STAR®!
An easy way to save energy and money
Did you know that energy-efficient lighting uses up to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lighting, yet provides the same amount of light? Switching to energy-saving ENERGY STAR-certified light bulbs and fixtures is a cost-effective way to save energy and reduce energy costs. You’ll enjoy great light quality and the convenience of bulbs that last much longer than traditional bulbs.
CFL and LED Bulbs
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting.
CFLs have been around for years and are smaller versions of full-sized fluorescents. They screw into standard lamp sockets and provide light that looks similar to incandescent bulbs. Compared to incandescent bulbs, CFLs use about one-quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light, last 10 times longer and produce 75 percent less heat, reducing cooling costs.
LEDs are the latest in energy-efficient technology. Most of us are familiar with LEDs from our electronics. We see them everywhere, telling us the equipment is on. Recent advances have made LED bulbs available for our homes. The bulbs – made with many small LED lights grouped in clusters – look similar to traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED technology is advancing rapidly, and many new bulb styles are available. Initially more expensive than CFLs, LEDs bring more value since they last longer. They use up to 80 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last 15 to 40 years. LEDs also provide excellent color quality, dimming capability and turn on instantly.
Click here for the Energy-Efficient Lighting for Your Home brochure.
Click here for the Spanish CFL brochure.
ENERGY STAR-qualified light fixtures will help you save money on your energy bills and help you play a role in pollution prevention. When you use less electricity, you reduce the need to build more power plants. With fewer power plants, there are fewer pollutants being emitted into our air. Not only does energy-efficient lighting provide the same amount of light output as standard fixtures, they operate at lower temperatures, so the risk of fire is lower too.
How do you find these and other energy-efficient products? Just look for the ENERGY STAR! To earn an ENERGY STAR, a product must meet strict energy-efficiency standards. ENERGY STAR is a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, created to promote the purchase of energy-efficient products and the practice of energy-saving habits.
ENERGY STAR Retail Products program promotes the purchase of energy-efficient lighting products through retail incentives and markdowns supported by the Energy Efficiency Fund. When you purchase a “marked” lighting product in a participating retail store, the cost has been discounted through the Fund.
You can also purchase discounted lighting products through the online SmartLiving Catalog.
Efficient Product Finder – Energy-Efficient Shopping Made Simple
Now, it’s easy to find the most energy-efficient products on the web and at local retailers throughout Connecticut wtih the Efficient Product Finder, This online guide to high efficiency appliances and electronics provides an Efficiency Score for products in a range of categories, including small, TVs, computer monitors, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers, water heaters and more.
The online guide is easy to use. Visit the Efficient Product Finder website, choose a product category, compare features, benefits and find the true cost to own and operate that product. Enter your ZIP code to find the product at a retailer near you or click on one of the online stores to get the offer shown. Products that qualify for a rebate are clearly marked and you can redeem your rebate via email. Simply send in a picture of your receipt and you will receive a Visa gift card for the rebate amount which you can use anywhere Visa is accepted.
For more information, call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873).
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