Nebraska customers can save money, energy with new light incentive
Columbus, NE – On Jan. 1, 2014, Nebraska Public Power District and its wholesale customer utilities began offering incentives to residential electric customers for the purchase and installation of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
At the start of this new 2014 year, final provisions of the 2007 Energy Policy Act began phasing out the standard, 60-watt, incandescent light bulb. Production and importation of the 100-watt and 75-watt standard incandescent lamps have already been closed out over the past two years under the same policy.
Fortunately, customers have an excellent alternative. Participating electric utilities will provide customers with a $5 account credit for each 60, 75, or 100-watt LED equivalent to the standard bulb they buy, with up to 10 credits available per residential account this year. Customers can purchase these LED lamps wherever they desire, but the package must be identified as ENERGY STAR® qualified.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program encourages installation of LED lamps that use 75 to 80 percent less energy than equivalent incandescent light bulbs and have a rated life that is 25 to 50 times longer. LEDs do not contain mercury, which eliminates some disposal concerns.
LED lamps offer additional advantages over compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which have long been touted as energy-efficient alternatives to standard light bulbs. LEDs illuminate instantly when their power switch is turned on. Their light output is not diminished in cold weather. In fact, LEDs last longer in cold areas. LEDs offer a variety of color temperatures that allow customers to match the appearance of standard incandescent bulbs or the bright white of most office environments. Many LED lamps are dimmable, but customers should confirm this prior to purchase, as manufacturers are required to indicate whether they are or not on the packaging.
NPPD and its wholesale customer utilities are contributing approximately $100,000 toward this campaign which will run through the end of December 2014. To receive the incentive, customers submit a completed program application along with a copy of their sales receipt to their local electric utility. A brochure containing the program’s application form is available on NPPD’s website, www.nppd.com, under “Saving Energy” and “For Your Home.”
Always there when you need us, NPPD’s mission is to safely generate and deliver reliable, low-cost, sustainable energy and provide outstanding customer service. Working in partnership with the state’s rural public power districts, cooperatives and municipalities, NPPD helps serve an estimated 600,000 Nebraskans in 86 of the state’s 93 counties with retail or wholesale electric power and energy-related products and services. For more information about NPPD visit www.nppd.com.