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Switch out before you switch on this fall — an upgrade to energy-saving lights can pay off

Energy Trust of Oregon offers discounts on LEDs and CFLs at retailers around the state, and free shopping guide

PORTLAND, Ore. — October 23, 2014 — As daylight hours start to dwindle, it’s the perfect time to switch to more energy-efficient lighting to save extra money at home. New high-tech LEDs and compact fluorescent light bulbs, CFLs, can light your home with the same warm glow as traditional lighting, while using only about one-quarter of the energy.

Energy Trust of Oregon is working with participating retailers across the state to offer discounted prices on a variety of ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting, including LEDs and CFLs. The discounted bulbs are available in a variety of color tones, shapes and levels of brightness, and are suitable throughout the whole house. There are even energy-efficient options for specialty lights such as globes for bathroom bars, candle bulbs for chandeliers, flood lights for outdoor fixtures and indoor recessed cans.

“Because lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of a home’s electricity use, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs can be one of the most effective energy improvements for the home,” said Diane Ferington, residential sector lead, Energy Trust. “Energy-efficient lighting options can mimic any style of light — including the bright, warm light from the bulbs we grew up with — while helping households save on energy bills.”

How to purchase discounted bulbs
Bulbs are automatically discounted, so shoppers do not need a coupon. Participating retailers include Ace Hardware, Albertsons, Batteries Plus, Big Lots, Bi-Mart, Costco, Dollar Tree, Fred Meyer, Goodwill, Grover Electric and Plumbing Supply, Haggen, The Home Depot, Lamps Plus, Orchard Supply, Perry’s Supply, QFC, The ReBuilding Center, Safeway, Target, Walgreens and Wilco. The lower prices are available through the end of the year.

Free shopping guide
Energy Trust has a free downloadable shopping guide available at to help make bulb buying easy. The guide helps customers select a bulb, find the perfect tone and read the new Lighting Facts label (like the Nutrition Facts label on food) to compare bulbs. Shoppers can print it and bring it the store, or reference it from a smart phone or tablet.

NOTE TO REPORTERS: Energy Trust has photos of homeowners and in-home lighting available for use, as well as a Reporter’s Guide to the Latest in Lighting for further background. To receive these items electronically, please contact or call 503-320-9379.

About Energy Trust 
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at or call 1-866-368-7878.

Category: Residential