Spring cleaning can boost energy efficiency, too

May 3, 2012

By Staff

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Puget Sound Energy is offering simple spring-cleaning tips to help customers save money, increase recycling options and stay safe.

Bellevue-based PSE recommends for customers to:

  • Ditch old bulbs. If a compact fluorescent light bulb burns out, do not toss it into the garbage or recycling bin. PSE offers free recycling at businesses in Western Washington. Find a complete list at www.pse.com/bulbrecycling. 
  • Host a bulb recycle box at your workplace. Materials from compact fluorescent and incandescent bulbs — including glass, circuitry, aluminum and plastic — can all be recycled and reused. Sign up to host a recycling box at www.pse.com/bulbdrive.  
  •  Dump your old fridge or freezer. Customers can sign up at www.pse.com/recycling to have the utility haul away outdated refrigerators and freezers for free. Customers receive $20 for participating in the recycling program.
  •  Try LED bulbs. Though compact fluorescent bulbs offer energy efficiency and a long lifespan, the LED technology is more efficient and can last up to 25 years. PSE electric customers can receive up to a $10 rebate on Energy Star-qualified LED bulbs at participating retailers. Find a list at www.pse.com/leds. 
  •  Call 811 before digging: If springtime outdoor projects include building a new fence or deck, planting trees and shrubs, or even pulling out a tree stump, please 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.
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