Light bulb program to save consumers money

As energy prices continue to soar, Northern Illinois Energy Project (NIEP) and state representatives Chuck Jefferson and Dave Winters introduced a new initiative to help low-income families conserve both money and energy in their homes.

This new program offers compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) at local Family Dollar stores for a cost of four for $2—a 75 percent discount.

The program is launched at a time when utility costs loom large for cost-conscious households. Heating bills soared this winter, gasoline prices remain near record highs, and ComEd has proposed a major increase in electricity bills.

“Rockford families need help offsetting the hardship of rising energy costs,” Jefferson said. “This CFL initiative provides consumers with an easy, cost-efficient way to save money on their monthly utility bills.”

Reducing electricity usage through cost-effective CFLs will save consumers money by reducing the amount of power they use. In fact, CFLs use 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, and last at least nine times longer.

Winters said: “I’m pleased to support the Northern Illinois Energy Project, because at a time when every dollar counts, this program will make life just a bit more affordable for hard-working families.”

Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB) Executive Director and NIEP President David Kolata said: “If you take advantage of this program, you’ll save at least $40 on your electric bill over the life of each bulb. We’re proud to be part of a program that will bring immediate savings to Rockford-area households.”

The CFL initiative is one of three programs supported by the NIEP that promotes energy efficiency. NIEP is funded through a legal settlement with ComEd of several regulatory cases, and the energy-efficient programs it funds directly benefit ComEd customers.

Other NIEP programs include helping Illinois residents improve the energy efficiency in their homes through home improvement projects, and teaching students about energy conservation and giving them tools to make their homes, schools and communities more energy efficient.

Discounted CFLs are available at the following Family Dollar Stores while supplies last:

Rockford—715 Broadway; 3134 11th St.; 3124 N. Rockton Ave.; 3824 Auburn St.; and 3740 E. State St.;

South Beloit—125 Blackhawk Blvd.;

Machesney Park—615 Harlem Rd.;

Freeport—1601 S. West Ave.; and

Belvidere—390 Chrysler Drive.

From the April 5-11, 2006, issue

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