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NPPD, others offer incentives for LED bulbs


From the February 10, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 10, 2014

The Nebraska Public Power District and its wholesale customer utilities are offering incentives to residential electric customers for the purchase and installation of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. 

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 would like, 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. NPPD said LED lamps offer additional advantages over compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which have long been touted as energy-efficient alternatives to incandescent light bulbs. LEDs illuminate instantly when their power switch is turned on and their light output is not diminished in cold weather. "In fact, LEDs last longer in cold areas," NPPD said.

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, NPPD said. 

NPPD and its wholesale customer utilities are contributing approximately $100,000 toward this campaign, which will run through the end of this year. 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." 
 

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