Consumers Light the Way to Savings by Purchasing More Than 1 Million Energy Efficient CFL Bulbs Through SCE&G’s ENERGY STAR® Lighting Program

Public Affairs

Cayce, S.C. – Dec. 20, 2011 – SCE&G’s ENERGY STAR® Lighting Program continues to provide energy efficient savings as more than 1 million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have been purchased in 2011. The program is currently offering consumers instant discounts of up to $3 per bulb at participating retailers throughout SCE&G’s service territory.

“It’s great to see more residential customers switch to CFL bulbs,” said Nakeeah Garland, ENERGY STAR® lighting incentives program manager at SCE&G. “This simple switch is an easy – and effective – way for customers to save money and energy year round.”

CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer. On average, a single CFL bulb can save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime.

“Using CFLs instead of standard incandescent bulbs can add up to real savings for customers,” said Garland. “Given that the average household has approximately 40 light fixtures, CFLs can save customers as much as $1,600 over the lifetime of the bulbs.”

Available for lighting options throughout the home, including recessed can lights, bathroom vanities and three way lamps, CFLs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Many retailers and other entities provide recycling stations for CFLs, making the option to switch and save easier than ever before.

The ENERGY STAR® Lighting Program is just one of SCE&G’s EnergyWise programs that provide rebates and incentives, as well as tips and ideas on ways in which customers can be energy wise year round. To learn more, including how to properly recycle CFLs, visit