Yesterday I read a post on Suddenly Frugal that mentioned that Duke Energy is giving away compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to its customers. I get my electricity through Duke Energy, so I decided to check out their website, half expecting to see that I don’t qualify for the light bulbs for one reason or another (I’m kind of pessimistic like that). Imagine my surprise when I entered my account information and discovered that I not only qualify, I’m eligible for, count ’em: one, two, three . . . FIFTEEN new light bulbs. I have no idea how Duke Energy determines eligibility, but that’s pretty much a new bulb for every light in the house.
CFLs last for ages and require tons less energy than standard light bulbs; in fact, Duke Energy estimates that each CFL saves about $30 in energy costs during its lifespan. Hmm, $30 times 15 free light bulbs equals an estimated $450 in savings, just for signing up. Not bad for a Sunday night’s work. The only hitch that I can see is that Duke Energy emailed to say that the light bulbs will take four to six weeks to arrive in the mail. It would be nice to get them sooner, but it’s hardly worth complaining about.
So if you’re a Duke Energy customer also, don’t forget to sign up for your free CFLs. Your day will seem just a little brighter once you do (did you get that little light-related pun? Clever me).