SaskPower is partnering with retailers again this spring to offer customers a rebate on energy efficient light bulbs in exchange for each incandescent bulb returned.
"One-fifth of the electricity used in the average Saskatchewan home is for lighting alone," said Rob Norris, Minister responsible for SaskPower. "If every household replaced just one standard 60-watt bulb with a 15-watt CFL bulb, we'd save enough electricity to power over 5,000 homes for a year, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30,000 tonnes per year."
Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to bring incandescent bulbs into participating retailers and exchange them for $3 rebate coupons on Energy StarŪ bulbs.
The program runs over two weekends this month: May 5-6 and May 12-13 at select retail locations across the province.
Participating retailers are: Canadian Tire, select Co-op stores, The Home Depot and Peavey Mart.
"Making simple changes like switching to energy efficient light bulbs saves Saskatchewan residents money on their power bills and helps reduce harmful emissions to the environment," Robert Watson, SaskPower President and Chief Executive Officer, said. "Energy efficient bulbs last many months longer than the regular bulbs in houses, putting even more money back into pockets."
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) and LED bulbs last from 10 to 25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, depending on the type of bulb used. Each CFL bulb saves about $40 over its lifetime. By replacing 40 bulbs in a house, customers could avoid spending as much as $1,600 on power.
A limit of 10 coupons per customer applies, while supplies last. Coupons must be redeemed May 5-13 during the promotional period.