City View: Roseville Electric giving away energy-efficient light bulbs

By: Vonette McCauley
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Those funny looking light bulbs - the ones that save energy - have been around for a while now. But technology has improved significantly since compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)were first introduced. Roseville Electric is now offering you an opportunity to try CFLs for free.

Beginning March 20, Roseville residents can exchange up to 10 incandescent bulbs for ENERGY STAR rated CFL bulbs. CFL bulbs cost less in the long run because they use significantly less energy - less than one quarter of the energy when compared to an incandescent bulb. And one CLF bulb can last as long as almost nine incandescent bulbs.

Roseville Electric is offering two CFL styles. Bring in any type of incandescent bulb, excluding candelabra bulbs, to receive a 15-watt CFL bulb. A 15-watt bulb has the light output equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent.

Bring in a flood light style incandescent lamp - commonly used in down spots and can lighting - and exchange it for a 15-watt CFL style lamp that looks like a flood light. This type of bulb has the light output equivalent to a 65-watt incandescent.

To participate in the program, customers must bring incandescent bulbs to the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., in the Martha Riley Library to exchange them for up to 10 new energy efficient CFL bulbs. The Utility Exploration Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Customers can download the CFL Exchange participation card at Complete the card; include your name, address and Roseville Electric account number. Bring the card and your most recent utility bill or a driver's license to complete the exchange process and receive your new CFL bulbs.

Supplies are limited; first come, first served.

A display of the CFL bulbs will be available at the Utility Exploration Center. Call 79-POWER (797-6937) or visit for information about energy efficiency and Roseville Electric's rebate programs.

City View is provided by the City of Roseville. Vonette McCauley is the public relations manager for Roseville Electric.