5 Questions with Janson Anderson on What You Need to Know About the Lighting Discount Program
April 05, 2016
Looking for ways to save on your bill and help the environment? By participating in one or more of our efficiency and conservation programs, you can do just that.
Since 2010, the Lighting Discount Program has helped reduced overall power use in Saskatchewan by 30.5 Megawatts. That's enough to power 6,680 homes for an entire year!
As we enter our sixth year of the program, we caught up with Janson Anderson, Director, Customer Programs, to give us a refresher on how the program works and more importantly, how it can save you money.
How does the Lighting Discount Program work?
Most rebate programs ask customers to mail something in or clip out a coupon from a flyer. With our Lighting Discount Program, you don't have to worry about that. From April 5 - May 31, you get instant discounts at the cash register when you buy certain Energy Star® LED bulbs, light fixtures, and lighting controls at participating stores around Saskatchewan. Check local store flyers and look for our in-store displays to find out which products we're discounting. In some stores we'll have a representative on-hand to help you choose the correct bulb.
How do I know what bulbs I should be buying?
LED light bulbs are the most efficient bulbs you can buy. They use about 80 percent less electricity and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent (older style) light bulbs. In fact, your "payback" period for switching to an LED light bulb can be less than a year. You also need to decide what sort of look you want from your light. There are many shapes and sizes, as well as the brightness level (lumen output) and the colour of the light (measured on the Kelvin scale) to consider. Check out our handy lighting calculators to help you understand more about the different options.
How do I tell them apart?
Easy-to-read labels are now found on the package of all power-saving bulbs. The labels look like the nutrition labels you're used to seeing on food packages but contain information about the light bulbs.
Labels usually include:
- Brightness (in lumens)
- Estimated yearly energy cost
- Life-expectancy of the bulbs
- Light appearance
- Energy used
What's the difference between an Energy Star® rated LED bulb and one that is not Energy Star® rated?
There are lots of light bulbs and fixtures to choose from. The best bulbs will brighten up quickly, don't lose light over time and give off a lot of light for a small amount of power. The worst bulbs will add to your power bill, don't last as long and don't match the Kelvin and lumens information on the box. Energy Star® bulbs and fixtures meet the highest standards to make sure you are saving the most money over the life of the product.
Where can I find the discounts?
We've discounted bulbs at stores in 150 communities across the province. You can find all of the locations on our website.
Remember, lighting accounts for roughly 17 per cent of your home electricity costs. Energy efficient options can make a big difference in your lighting costs over time. You've got the power TO SAVE!
"From April 5 May 31, you get instant discounts at the cash register when you buy certain Energy Star® LED bulbs, light fixtures, and lighting controls at participating stores around Saskatchewan."
"(LEDs) use about 80 percent less electricity and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent (older style) light bulbs"
"We've discounted bulbs at stores in 150 communities across the province. You can find all of the locations on our website."