Household Tips

My Spring Energy Makeover

Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are my own. 

In my post 20 Ways to Save Money on Electricity, I mention how replacing old inefficient light bulb to CFLs (or LEDs) can save you money. If you live in Ontario, now is the time to do just that! From March 27 to April 26, 2015, take advantage of the saveONenergy Spring Coupon Event at participating retailers throughout the province and online at saveONenergy.ca. Take advantage of money saving coupons on a wide variety of energy-efficient products. Here’s a peek at products you can receive an instant discount on:

  • ENERGY STAR® certified light fixtures, lighting controls (timers, dimmers, motion sensors, power bars with integrated timer or auto-shutoff, heavy duty outdoor timers
  • ENERGY STAR® certified ceiling fans
  • Outdoor umbrella stands
  • Clothesline kits

I’m not talking about small discounts either! Some of the coupons are valued at $3, $5 and $10.

Check out this list of participating retailers to find one in your area. You can also download the coupons online.

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The Spring Coupon Event is one of many saveONenergy programs offered by IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) and local distribution companies. Their goal is to help Ontarians better manage their electricity consumption. This coupon program has been around since 2006 and since that time, Ontarians have reduced their energy use enough to power a city the size of North Bay, ON for one year. Wow!

For me, I’m always looking for ways to save money and switching to energy-efficient products is on my to-do list. I’ll be finishing my home this month and taking full advantage of this coupon program.

I started by replacing the light bulbs in my home with energy-efficient LEDs and CFLs. LEDs use 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs (with a wire filament). CFLs use up to 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The saveONenergy Spring Coupon Event has coupons for both.

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Before you head out shopping, make a list of the type of light bulbs you’ll need for each of the light fixtures in your home. It can be a little overwhelming when you hit the light bulb section because there are so many options to choose from. Planning ahead will save you time at the store.

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I had my coupons before hitting up our local hardware store, but also noticed the signage in the light bulb aisle advertising the program. It was easy for me to find the light bulbs I needed and use my coupons.

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In fact, the tear pad coupons were right in the aisle so I grabbed a few more so I can come back and buy more.

The light bulb coupons available are:

  • $5 off ENERGY STAR® certified general LEDs single or multipacks
  • $1-3 off ENERGY STAR® certified standard spiral CFL light bulbs
  • $5 off ENERGY STAR® certified specialty CFL light bulbs single or double packs

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I used both the CFL and the LED coupons on my recent shopping trip. It’s not often you find coupons with that kind of savings!

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I’ve been working my way around my house replacing the light bulbs. My living room has two lamps and they both have energy-efficient bulbs in them. I only turn them on at night though to save money.

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My lamp now has a CFL light bulb.

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In addition to CFLs, LEDs are available in many shapes and sizes to fit a wide range of light fixtures.

The cost of LEDs has come down drastically just in the last five years. In 2010, a standard A-line LED would cost $50 to $60 each. Today, you can find them as inexpensive as $7! Get them even cheaper when you use coupons. I was expecting that they would cost a lot more than they did. So if you were under the impression that it was too expensive to switch, please reconsider! It’s way more affordable today compared to five years ago.

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Visit saveONenergy for more tips on conserving energy and cutting down costs. Do you plan to update the light bulbs in your home to energy-efficient ones?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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