RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Virginians are saving about 1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity through Dominion Virginia Power's compact fluorescent light bulb instant discount program. That is enough energy to serve 72,000 typical Virginia homes, based on 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month, per home. Click here to learn more: http://www.dom.com/dominion-virginia-power/customer-service/energy-conservation/save-big-on-cfls.jsp.
"Our CFL discount program is helping Virginians reduce the amount of energy they use, thereby saving money and helping the environment," said Paul D. Koonce, chief executive officer of Dominion Virginia Power. "It is an effective, easy way to practice energy conservation."
Dominion estimates the nearly 3.8 million CFLs that have been purchased through the program will save customers more than $150 million in energy costs over the life of the bulbs. Based on estimates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, they also will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 853,000 tons - the equivalent of removing 148,000 cars from the road for one year - by reducing the need for electricity generation.
Dominion provides a $1.50 discount on an ENERGY STAR(®) -qualified CFL bulb and $3 on multi-packs purchased at The Home Depot stores in its Virginia service area. For a photo, click here: http://www.dom.com/about/av-clips/2009/cfl_program.jpg Dominion initiated the discount program in October 2007. The current program will end Dec. 31 but Dominion is planning an expanded CFL program next year as part of its energy conservation plan pending before the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
Additional information on Dominion's CFL discount program is available by visiting the company's Web site at www.dom.com and searching for "CFL".
The Home Depot offers a national CFL bulb recycling program at all 1,973 of its stores. This free service offers customers additional options for making environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal. Customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk.
Dominion continues to be a leader in energy-saving information by providing energy calculators and practical tips at www.dom.com, keyword Conservation.
Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of more than 27,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy customers in 12 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at www.dom.com.
SOURCE: Dominion Virginia Power
Web site: http://www.dom.com/