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You want to do the right thing, but as we've all heard, it's not always easy being green. In fact, just last month Matthew reported on the sharp decline in CFL sales. To encourage energy efficiency and lower utility bills, especially during those hot Sacramento summers, the local utility SMUD is now partnering with area retailers to offer compact fluorescent light bulbs for sale for just .99 USD. CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) don't come cheap (though these days there are definitely deals to be had). If utilities and government officials want to get consumers to choose green, incentives are definitely helpful. SMUD estimates that homeowners will save roughly $30USD each year for each bulb you trade out. Still not sure CFLs are the way to go? They use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and they (are supposed to) last 7-10 times longer than that same incandescent bulb.
If you're on the fence, now is a great time to stock up. Heck, you could even give these bulbs for holiday gifts and treat someone you care about to a little energy efficiency. Who needs another tie when there are luxury light bulbs to be had? Then when those bulbs run out, here is a list of locations around Sacramento where you can recycle those bulbs. For a list of retailers, check out Save With SMUD or http://www.smud.org/en/rebates/compact-fluorescent-bulbs/Documents/cfl-retailers-sept09.pdf
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