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Utility discounts light bulbs to gauge energy efficiency interest

RALEIGH (AP) -- Progress Energy is trying to gauge the public's interest in energy efficiency by discounting compact fluorescent light bulbs by $1 each. The bulbs use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last up to 10 times longer, but they're more expensive. The discount can cut the cost of a compact fluorescent by more than half. So far, the utility has sold 170,000 bulbs through local Home Depot stores. The goal is 200,000 by the end of the year. Progress included an update of the program in its efficiency proposal filed Monday with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. If successful, it could be adopted long-term as part of a broader energy efficiency plan. Progress officials say the efficiency programs could help customers reduce electricity consumption by as much as 15 percent. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Now actively subsidise solar panels on my house like I've asked. Post where the information is on that program... I can't find it. Progress Energy has given me no information on tying in to the grid, even if I put the panels on myself. The only benefit offered (and not by P.E.)is the system will not be taxed each year as part of my property value. WEEEEEE! Thank you for all the tritium.

energy efficient bulbs

These bulbs contain high levels of mercury, a hazordous material. Our trash sites are not designed to recieve hazardous material. What does Peogress Energy propose to do to resolve this environmental problem?

CFU bulbs are not supposed

CFU bulbs are not supposed to be thrown in the trash. They are supposed to be recycled properly. However there is no way to recycle these bulbs around here. We already have high levels of mercury in our fish, I dont think we need more.

Dueling Eviroloons

Thanks for pointing out once again that whatever we propose, whatever we try, however we attempt to do SOMETHING, dueling enviroloons will complain about something. The best way to phase out coal fired power plants would be nuclear power plants. Oh...but the anti-nuke crowd complains.... Wind turbines work great....but the PETA people gripe about them killing birds and up in Massachusettes, their visual blight has stopped their deployment. They're not pretty... Tidal vane generators are working in Europe, but up in Long Island Sound, people are protesting their installation because of the unknown impact on fish.... Now, while most voices are touting the benefits of compact fluorescent bulbs, you're worried about their mercury content. You people are not going to be happy until we are all freezing to death in caves, because we dare not chop down a tree for firewood. BTW, Cassandra, sleep peacefully. They actually contain very, very small amounts of mercury. From the government website: CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 5 milligrams – about the amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury. It would take 100 CFLs to equal that amount.