City Light Offering Free Flourescent Light Bulbs To Burien Residents

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Seattle City Light announced Wednesday (Dec. 22nd) that it is expanding its “Powerful Neighborhoods” program to install free compact fluorescent light bulbs in the areas of Burien, White Center, North Highline, SeaTac, Tukwila and Skyway beginning Monday, Jan. 3rd.

According to a press release:

Powerful Neighborhoods started in South Seattle in April as a pilot program designed to reach out door-to-door to seniors, non-English speaking households, low-income residents and other customers who might not have participated in energy conservation programs.

“We want to remove any barriers that have kept people from taking steps to increase the energy efficiency of their homes so they can reduce their energy consumption and save money,” Interim Energy Conservation Director Glenn Atwood said.

Response from customers has been overwhelmingly positive with more than 96 percent of those who completed a satisfaction survey saying that they would definitely recommend the program to their neighbors and friends. According to one recent participant, “The representatives were courteous, considerate and very time efficient.”

In 2010, installers worked with more than 7,000 families to install nearly 140,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs. The energy savings adds up to more than 24 million kilowatt-hours and will save customers roughly $2.2 million over the lifetime of the bulbs. That’s about $60 a year for the average household.

Seattle City Light is working with Ecos Consulting, Cascadia Consulting, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS), and Working Green to hire and train installers, schedule home visits, and deliver and install the products.

All installers have undergone background checks and drug-screening. Installers fluent in Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Amharic, Cantonese and other languages will be available to visit homes where those languages are primarily spoken. All staff will carry Seattle City Light identification.

Installers canvass neighborhoods door-to-door. If an interested resident is home, they install the energy efficient light bulbs and provide low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators or schedule a more convenient time to visit. If the resident is not home, installers leave a notice regarding how to contact the program to arrange a visit.

To qualify, a resident must live in a single-family home or 2-to-4-unit apartment or condo. To make an appointment, call 206-449-1132 or send an email to [email protected].

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6 Responses to “City Light Offering Free Flourescent Light Bulbs To Burien Residents”
  1. othersideoftown says:

    I`m guessing the reason why they are “giving” them away is because they are linked to numerous health risks. They should throw them away instead.
    I removed them from my residence.

    • Lee Moyer says:

      What health risks?
      They use substantially less energy than incandescent bulbs and thus reduce pollution from the production of energy, including the mercury introduced into the atmosphere from coal burning plants, even though the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury themselves.
      My only complaint is that the n:vision brand I bought didn’t even last as long as a normal bulb. Other brands are much better.

  2. TcB says:

    Installers? for light bulbs? Sounds fishy

    • No, not fishy, efficient. Check out to learn more.

    • Shari says:

      I have to agree…the message we get pretty clearly from law enforcement is that we should be very wary about letting a stranger going door to door come into our homes. Lots of stories out there about people getting robbed on the spot or their houses and neighborhoods cased for future breakins by people going door to door posing as salespeople or repair people. So I’m surprised that City Light would rely on this strategy. While the people going door to door as part of this light bulb program are legit, the general approach might cause people to let their guard down and get taken advantage of by somebody later on.

  3. Dale says:

    Not for light fixtures that are turned on and off a lot. In our house we have very few overhead lights so often use small LED flashlights to find stuff in dark corners so the advertised savings figures do not apply.

    I assume someones brother in law (or maybe our former Green Mayor’s crooked son) sold these awful things to City Light who now must give them away.

    Barry Bama will soon outlaw regular bulbs so I recommend you stock up on enough to supply your own home for many years and possibly to sell on E-Bay.

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