They're Back...LED Christmas Lights!!!
Brighten Your Home & Save On Your Electric Bill
Christmas lights have become a big part of our holiday celebrations. As the winter season approaches, we see more and more strands of lights everywhere, on trees, bushes, houses, and even the occasional semi truck. Fortunately, as our use of these decorations has increased, new lighting technologies have dramatically decreased the amount of energy they consume. Thirty or forty years ago, the typical Christmas light used an incandescent lamp, which used between 5 and 10 watts per lamp. That meant if you had a 50-lamp strand using 5-watt lamps, the total usage was 250 watts. Multiply this by three or four strands just for a tree, and the total usage in a home could easily be over 1000 watts, with some homes with elaborate displays using several thousand watts. Also, incandescent lamps (they are called that since they operate by making a wire glow or become incandescent, due to the flow of electricity through the wire) only generate about 15% light, with the rest of the input energy being released as heat. This is why these lights were known to be a fire hazard, especially when the Christmas tree became dried out. These types of lights were also relatively expensive, sometimes several dollars per strand. In the 1970’s, mini-lights were introduced. These are the lights that most of us use now. They usually come in strands of fifty incandescent lamps, using about 25 watts per strand. This is a big jump in savings compared to 250 watts per strand. They still only give off about 15% light, but the wattage is less and as a consequence the heat they generate is much lower. The big drawback with these lamps is that they are connected in a series circuit, which means if one lamp is removed from the socket or simply not making a good connection, the entire strand will go dark. Early designs of this type would go dark if a lamp burnt out somewhere in the strand. Most of us that were kids in the 70’s can remember replacing lamps one at a time, for hours it seemed, trying to find the one lamp that would relight the strand. A relatively new innovation in this area is the LED Christmas light. An LED (light emitting diode) does not use a heated filament to produce light. It sets up a situation in semiconductor material where electrons are moving from an area of high energy to an area of lower energy. As these electrons move, they must give up energy, which is emitted in the form of light that we can see. Since there is no wire involved, there is very little heat given off, and the wire can never burn out, as in an incandescent lamp. Typical wattages for LED strands range from 2 to 4 watts, another big step in savings from the other types. LED lights are also expected to last for 20 years or more. There are a wide
range of styles and colors available to choose from. For a safe and economical holiday display, these lights are the way to go. Here are some additional tips for your holiday displays. Keep in mind that you are being billed for the amount of electricity you use, multiplied by the hours that it is used. Turning lights off for 12 hrs a day when they were on for 24, will cut the lighting portion of the bill in half. Compare lamp wattages and the number of lamps per strand. If you can use fewer strands, or lower consumption strands, you will save money. Keep safety first in mind. Don’t overload circuits, stay away from power lines, and please be careful on ladders.
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Call Us First... BEFORE You Weatherize!!! We're looking at these 2005 programs, you should too!
Lane Electric. Energy Star qualified clothes washers are eligible for a $75 rebate. Additional rebates from the Department of Energy’s Energy Star program may be available and rebate amounts can vary. (Note: Appliance rebates will only be applied as a credit to your electric account). 1. Weatherization Program: FREE energy audits and inspections will be available upon request. One option is our zero percent (0%) loan, offered for weatherization measures recommended by Lane Electric’s representative. Another option is a one-time cash grant for twenty-five percent (25%) of the measure cost, not to exceed $1000. Low Income members may be eligible for an in-house grant not to exceed $1500, provided the owner(s) of rental properties provide matching funds. Eligible measures include floor, wall and attic insulation, and window replacement for existing single-pane and double-pane, metal frame windows. 2. Super Good Cents Manufactured Home Rebate: We offer a $500 rebate for certified Super Good Cents manufactured homes installed in 2005. 3. Heat Pump Program: Members installing a new or replacing an existing air source or geothermal heat pump can apply for a heat pump rebate OR a two-percent (2%) loan not to exceed $9,000. We offer a $1000 rebate for new air source or geothermal heat pumps and $1000 for replacing your older heat pump with a new qualifying, energy efficient model. Loans are based on approved credit and are not available for new construction. 4. Appliance/Water Heater Rebate: A $50 rebate is offered for Marathon water heaters purchased from
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5. Solar Water Heater Installation Rebate: Lane Electric offers a $400 rebate for the installation of Oregon Department of Energy’s tax credit qualified & approved solar water heaters and photovoltaic systems. 6. Commercial Retrofit Program: A two-percent (2%) loan is available for commercial members to upgrade their existing building or facility. Another option is a one-time cash grant for twenty-five percent (25%) of the measure cost, not to exceed $1000. 7. Special Low-Income Assistance Program: Assistance will be offered on a case-by-case basis, to qualifying low-income members who own their homes, for emergency repairs to heating systems and/or insulation. 8. Heat Pump / Duct Repair Program: Lane Electric will pay $200 for a HomeScan heat pump “in–test” and $100 for a HomeScan “out-test”, if repairs are completed, OR, Lane Electric will pay $300 for non-low income and $500 for qualifying low-income members for a certified Performance Tested Comfort System (PTCS) duct sealing application. 9. Lane Electric also offers financing options for Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) repairs. One option is a one-time cash grant for twenty-five percent (25%) of the mea-
sure cost, not to exceed $1000. The other option is a choice between two loans: A zero-percent (0%) loan from Lane Electric, not to exceed $1000, can be applied to a members account, based on approved credit. If the cost for the project exceeds $1000, a member may apply for funding through our Weatherization Program. Only one of the above options may be selected. These grants are counted in addition to any other weatherization program grants. 10. Thermostat Rebate: Lane Electric will rebate 50% of the cost for each Energy Star qualified thermostat (up to 5) installed in a single residence, up to $50 per thermostat. 11. SmartSource Product Center: The SmartSource Product Center is available in our lobby or on line at: www.laneelectric.com, for members to view and purchase innovative and energy saving products. Financing on your electric bill is also available for up to 12 months based on approved credit. 12. Maximum Benefit: You can receive a maximum benefit / incentive of one (1) weatherization grant or loan plus one (1) heat pump / duct repair grant or loan in each calendar year. To receive any additional assistance from Lane Electric, you must wait one (1) full calendar year (Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st) before being eligible for any additional program incentives.
IMPORTANT: Lane Electric's programs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for as long as the funding lasts. When program funds have been exhausted, the programs will end until the next funding year.
...Partner Together To Increase Member Assistance Program (MAP) Donations...
Lane Electric and Rexius are working together to support Lane Electric's Member Assistance Program (MAP ) which was developed to offer assistance to needy members who do not qualify for any other types of relief. Because of deep cuts in government assistance programs, a growing number of people can not get help due to limited funding...that is where MAP comes in. Thanks to the caring spirit of several hundred of Lane Electric's members, almost $10,000 is donated annually to the MAP Program. Every dollar of the MAP program goes to provide emergency aid to families who are experiencing a financial crisis, to pay a portion of their electricity costs. Rexius has also developed an innovative approach to contribute to the MAP Program. Every retail sale that is delivered on a Rexius truck can result in a two (2) percent of the purchase price donation to a qualified IRC 503C(3) organization such as Lane Electric's MAP Program. Accompanying each Rexius sales invoice will be a declaration card asking the customer to write in the charity of their choice for receipt of a two (2) percent contribution so if you like, you can designate Lane Electric's MAP Program as the contribution recipient. Contributions will be made by Rexius on a quarterly basis.
They’re hot, they’re helpful - they’re back!!!
YES, that’s right, the Entertainment ® books are available again at Lane Electric beginning right now. The books are a fundraiser for our Member Assistance Program (MAP). $5 dollars of your Entertainment ® book purchase will go toward our MAP fund at Lane Electric. The Entertainment® book is $25.00 from the cooperative. Remember everyone benefits from the purchase. Stop by anytime between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and pick one up, or call us and reserve one. If you would like, fill out the coupon and enclose it with your statement and we can add it onto your next statement, and drop the book off at your home within three weeks when our vehicles are in the area.
YES! I would like to purchase an Entertainment® book to help the MAP Program. Please send it to me and put the $25.00 on my next statement. Name: ____________________________ Address: ___________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ Phone: ____________________________ Acct #: ____________________________
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You may already know that installing fluorescent lights (compact fluorescent lamps, CFL’s, or linear tubes) in your home saves energy, which means you save money on your electricity bill. Their efficiency and long life offers an easy way for you to help protect the environment by conserving precious resources and reducing landfill waste. But did you know that fluorescent lamps should be disposed of properly with other household waste products such as pesticides, paint, batteries and thermostats? Lane County Waste Management, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the local electric utilities in the Eugene-Springfield community have teamed up to create a convenient residential recycling program for spent CFLs and linear fluorescent tubes (4-foot maximum). Fluorescent lamps require trace amounts of mercury in order to work. The amount in CFLs, for example, is extremely small (five milligrams – about the size of the very tip of a ballpoint pen), and does not pose an immediate health risk to you or your family. However, we support efforts to keep large concentrations of bulbs out of landfills. Eugene Continue to make the right choice for you and the enviBrighter Homes Lighting ronment by using energy-efficient products like fluorescent 1968 W. 6th Ave. lamps. Take your spent bulbs to one of the retailers listed EPUD Energy Store to the left when you go to purchase a replacement. It’s that 33733 Seavey Loop Rd. simple! True Value Hardware 2825 Willamette St. Greater Goods In the unlikely event your fluorescent bulb breaks, be cer515 High St. tain to sweep up – don’t vacuum – all of the glass fragments Heinke Electrical & Lighting and phosphor powder. Place the broken pieces in a plastic 645 Adams St. bag and wipe the area with a damp paper towel to pick up Jerry’s Home Center any stray shards of glass or fine particles. Put the used towel 2600 Hwy 99 North in the plastic bag as well. Take to the Lane County Glenwood Lane Electric’s SmartSource Transfer Station for recycling. Products Center This program is only available to residents of the Eugene787 Bailey Hill Rd. Springfield community. Commercial businesses should conSpringfield tact Lane County Waste Management at (541) 682-4120. For B&I True Value Hardware more information on the residential fluorescent lamp recyJerry’s Home Center cling program, please contact us at 484-1151. The U.S. En2525 Olympic St. vironmental Protection Agency has dedicated a portion of its Web site to mercury, products that contain it and their Junction City proper disposal. Learn more at www.epa.gov/mercury. B&I True Value Hardware 120 West 6th Ave.
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ENERGY STAR HOMES NORTHWEST LAUNCHES IN OREGON
Northwest program helps builders respond to consumer demand for comfortable, energy-saving homes. P O RT L A N D , Ore. – September 14, 2004 – Homebuilders looking to improve their bottom line can differentiate themselves in the marketplace and respond to consumer demand for energy efficiency by tapping into the ENERGY STAR Homes Northwest program. The program was launched recently in Oregon by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, with support from local utilities and the Energy Trust of Oregon. ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for energy efficiency and what Oregon consumers look for when buying appliances and lighting products. That same symbol will now allow homebuyers to easily identify energy efficient homes built to the ENERGY STAR Homes Northwest Certification Requirement set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Builders who participate in the program will be able to display the well-known and trusted ENERGY STAR label, and in some cases take advantage of financial incentives offered by utilities and the Energy Trust of Oregon. Homes built to the Northwest ENERGY STAR requirement will be at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to Oregon state energy codes by incorporating construction practices and high-efficiency equipment specified by the ENERGY STAR Homes Northwest Certification Requirement. “Builders in the Northwest, whose homes already meet the Oregon energy codes should find that earning the ENERGY STAR designation for a home is easily attainable,” according to Margie Gardner, Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. “It has been demonstrated that any additional costs to build to the ENERGY STAR Certification Requirement can be offset by profits from increased sales and improved customer satisfaction resulting in fewer call backs and more referrals,” she said. Builders participating in the program also benefit from technical and sales support as well as marketing assistance. In addition, third-party inspection – a selling-point to homebuyers—is a component of the Northwest program.
Builders interested in attracting the attention of homebuyers by offering the additional energy-saving value provided by ENERGY STAR Homes Northwest certification can obtain more information about the program at www.NorthwestENERGYSTAR.com or 1-877-298-2172. ENERGY STAR qualified homes achieve their savings through a variety of reliable and established technologies and building practices including increased insulation, tighter duct systems, high efficiency water heaters and heating and cooling systems, high performance windows, and ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances. In order to certify the efficiency of an ENERGY STAR qualified home, the house is performance tested by a certified technician and inspected by an approved third party. The performance testing thoroughly troubleshoots the home prior to the buyer taking possession, reducing the number of customer callbacks and increasing overall customer satisfaction. About ENERGY STAR and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energyefficient products in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the ENERGY STAR program is a joint partnership between EPA and Department of Energy and delivers the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient products and services. For a complete list of ENERGY STAR qualified products, retailers, manufacturers and energy savings information, call 1-888-373-2283 or log onto: www.energystar.gov. The Alliance is a nonprofit corporation supported by electric utilities, public benefits administrators, state governments, public interest groups and energy efficiency industry representatives. These entities work together to make affordable, energy-efficient products and services available in the marketplace. For more information about the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, please visit their website at www.nwalliance.org.
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Down The Line
Dear Member: At the time I'm preparing this message, we have completed five of six "District Meetings". I thought I'd take a few minutes and share some initial thoughts with you as to how this new endeavor is being received by our members so far. To date, we have held district meetings in Veneta, McKenzie Bridge, Cottage Grove, Jasper and Eugene. As of our fifth meeting, at Twin Oaks Elementary School, more than 250 have attended these meetings, compared to 98 members at last year's annual meeting at Churchill High School. That number compares with 91 members in 2002. I've taken some time at each of the five meetings and asked the following question: "Given what you've experienced at this district meeting, by a show of hands, do you feel that we should go back to the single, 'Big Tent' event at Churchill High School, or should we continue with the local district meeting format?" Overwhelmingly, in fact with the exception of just one member, everyone has supported the concept of the district meetings. By changing the format from a centralized single event to localized, community meetings, we have actually been able to visit with many more members. What a great opportunity this has been! Given the increase in member attendance this year, I'd have to say that the concept of district meetings has proven to be a success. Your board and I are pleased with the turn-out we've seen so far and are looking forward to the final meeting in Oakridge. I'd like to thank our board and staff for helping make these meetings successful. I'd also like to thank all of you who attended the meetings for your comments and feedback. By the time you receive this issue, we will have held all of the district meetings and I will provide a wrap-up report for you next month.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeri Nelson, President Oakridge District Pat Dymock, Secretary McKenzie River District Ed Bangle, Treasurer Row River District Chuck Leighter Central District Chris Seubert Central District Jim Hill Oakridge District
MANAGEMENT STAFF Vester Sanders Construction & Maintenance Ron Schwada Office & Staff Services Dave D’Avanzo Member & Regional Affairs
Rick Crinklaw, General Manager
4th Monday of each month (Unless otherwise noted) Lane Electric's Office at 11 a.m.
In This Issue...
LED Christmas Lights...Pages 4&5 Before You Weatherize.......Page 08 Entertainment Books.........Page 25 Recycle Those Lights........Page 28 Energy Star Northwest.......Page 29 Down The Line..................Page 32
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