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Saying "see ya later" to incandescent bulbs


February 11, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Reduce The Use

We like to talk around here about the ways we can help customers save energy, and ultimately money, on their monthly electric bills. One of the quickest and easiest ways to do that is by changing the way you think about lighting.

Switching to energy-efficient lighting like CFLs and LEDs is an extremely easy and effective way to save energy. It's time to say "sayonara," "see ya later" and "so long" to those incandescent bulbs. 

I admit I've been reluctant to let go of my old-school incandescents. There's something comforting about them, probably because that's what I've traditionally had in my house from the time I was a child until the not so distant past. Really, though, there's no good reason to hold on to those energy-hungry bulbs when there are so many better options.

For the residential customers in city of Georgetown, we're making it even easier to let go of your traditional light bulbs. Santee Cooper and Georgetown's Electric Utility Department are teaming up to offer free energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to Georgetown's residential customers. Santee Cooper provides wholesale electric service to the city of Georgetown and donated the bulbs.

We've been advocating switching to CFLs since our 'Switch and Save' promotion distributed more than 1 million free CFLs to our own customers beginning in 2008. Now, it is our pleasure to help the city of Georgetown with this energy-saving initiative.

Georgetown residential customers should be on the lookout for a mailed voucher for four free CFLs. Fill out the voucher, stop by Georgetown City Hall located at 120 N. Fraser Street, take your new bulbs home and start saving energy. The bulbs are first come, first served while supplies last, and the deadline to receive free CFLs is Tuesday, March 31.

If you're not a Georgetown customer receiving free CFLs, switching to energy-efficient lighting like CFLs and LEDs is still a smart move. These more efficient bulbs last longer and require less energy than incandescent bulbs. If you're not ready to outfit your whole home with new bulbs, at least consider placing CFLs or LEDs in your most-used light fixtures.