The following programs and rebates are available for home lighting.
ENERGY STAR® Lighting Program
A typical ENERGY STAR rated compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb lasts up to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. ENERGY STAR CFLs come in a variety of shapes, color temperatures and brightness. And, since a CFL uses 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb, you save energy costs over the life of each bulb and minimize your impact on the environment. Many of today’s energy efficient CFLs can save you more than $70 in energy costs over their 8,000 - 10,000 hour average lifetimes. LED (light emitting diode) bulbs are a very efficient source of light and the number of choices in bulb styles is growing rapidly. These semi-conductors are twice as efficient as CFLs and last up to 50,000 hours.
Some specialty CFLs and LEDs are controlled by a photocell so they only turn ON after dark, or when motion is detected in the vicinity of the fixture – so you don't even need to hit the light switch. Others will work with dimmer switches and three-way switches.
ENERGY STAR Instant Coupons
PSNH works with participating retailers to offer special in-store rebates on the purchase of energy-saving ENERGY STAR certified lighting products. Look for coupons at our participating retailers for instant savings at the cash register.
Shop for Lighting Deals
Customers can also shop for energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs in the latest issue of the nhsaves catalog, which features lighting and other products for an efficient, comfortable and safe home. PSNH customers can shop the catalog online at nhsaves. To obtain a copy through the mail, call 1-877-647-2833 or provide your name and address information on this nhsaves catalog request form and a catalog will be mailed to you.
Caring for Fluorescent and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Fluorescent bulbs of all kinds contain a trace amount of mercury (smaller than the period at the end of this sentence), a toxic heavy metal. Individually this is not a high risk, but in landfills where millions of CFLs could potentially be left, the risk becomes much greater. Special measures must be taken for disposal and, in the event a bulb breaks, to safely clean it up.
Note: LED bulbs do not contain mercury and can be safely disposed of in household trash.
Recycle fluorescent bulbs: Fluorescent bulbs cannot be simply tossed into the garbage with your other trash. On January 1, 2008 a New Hampshire law went into effect requiring residents to dispose of fluorescent bulbs properly. Here are a few disposal/recycling options for light bulbs:
Clean-up measures for a broken fluorescent bulb: Remember, fluorescent bulbs contain a trace amount of mercury, so you need to take special care when cleaning up a broken bulb.