Now that spring has arrived, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)wants to help customers save money on their electric bill, increase their recycling options and stay safe with a list of simple spring-cleaning tips.
By focusing on new, energy-efficient technology and taking advantage of rebates and recycling programs, PSE’s spring cleaning tips have the potential to save customers hundreds of dollars annually on their electric bills.
PSE’s spring-cleaning tips include:
•Get rid of old bulbs — When long-lasting CFL bulbs finally burn out, remember that CFL bulbs shouldn’t be tossed in the garbage or regular household recycling bins. Free CFL recycling is available at participating business locations all over Western Washington.
In addition to free CFL recycling, there is also free incandescent bulb recycling, too. Don’t wait to make the switch, replace your inefficient incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL and LED bulbs that use up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.
•Host a bulb-recycle box at your workplace — To make CFL and incandescent bulb recycling even easier, host a box at your workplace. Materials from CFL and incandescent bulbs — including reusable glass, circuitry, aluminum and plastic —can all be recycled and reused. Sign up to host a recycling box at PSE.com/BulbDrive.
•Dump that old fridge or freezer — Your old fridge or freezer could be costing you up to $200 a year on your energy bill. If your fridge or freezer is ready for retirement, don’t hurt your back trying to get rid of it yourself; sign up at PSE.com/Recyclingto have PSE haul it away for free.
•Try an LED bulb — CFL bulbs are energy-efficient and long-lasting, but they don’t hold a candle to the latest LED technology. LED bulbs are even more efficient than CFL bulbs and can last up to 25 years.
Replacing lights in hard-to-reach areas with long-lasting LED bulbs means less time spent on a ladder changing burnt-out incandescent bulbs.
LED bulbs can also be used in dimmable fixtures.
•Call 811 before you dig — If your springtime outdoor projects include building a new fence or deck, planting trees and shrubs or even pulling out a tree stump, remember to contact the 811 Call Before You Dig hotline two business days prior to your project to help prevent serious injuries or potential hazards from striking or damaging underground utilities. All underground utilities must be marked before the start of digging.
Don’t assume you know what’s below. It’s free, and it’s the law. Visit call811.comfor more information.