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428RE: [hreg] Compact Fluorescents

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  • Steve Stelzer
    Nov 20, 2000
      Robert, check out the CF's at IKEA. They may not be exactly apples to
      apples for the unit you are talking about. IKEA is basically subsidizing
      CF's because they are in the $5.00 range.

      Steve Stelzer

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Robert Johnston [mailto:rjohnsto@...]
      Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2000 11:41 PM
      To: hreg@egroups.com
      Subject: RE: [hreg] Compact Fluorescents

      It would be nice if HL&P would have a rebate program of some kind.
      Incidentally, I'm still looking for the best place to buy CF's. I
      just found an even better deal online than the one I mentioned
      before. Looks like www.energyguide.com has them really cheap. I
      can get a dimmable CF for half the cost of what RealGoods charges
      for the same thing. A 23W TechnaBright dimmable SpringLight
      (1500 lumens or close to a 100W bulb) is only $12.75. A Harmony
      20W standard CF (non-dimmable) is equivalent to a 75W incandescent
      and only costs $7.25! If you figure that during its 10,000 hr lifetime
      you would buy 10 incandescents at $0.25 each, that means the cost is
      only $4.75. You'll recover that in energy savings at $0.08/kwh in
      just 1080 hours, or probably in less than one year. The other 9000
      hours worth of savings will be gravy.

      At the www.energyguide.com website, they say that several utilities
      offer 2 for 1 instant rebates when you purchase from them. However,
      HL&P was not one of them. Perhaps this is something we could interest
      them in doing, if they don't want to do the same deal as the New York
      utility? From my calculations above, it is obvious that if they do
      a 2 for 1 instant rebate, then consumers can buy these bulbs for almost
      the cost of the equivalent lifetime incandescents. The energy savings
      will all be pure profit then--for both the consumer and the environment.

      I like the idea of HREG buying in bulk if there are enough interested
      members. I don't know if we can do any better than www.energyguide.com.
      Does anyone know of better deals?

      If we really wanted to be ambitious, we could import them. I see that
      they are mostly made in China. I looked at some China websites and see
      where they sell what looks like the same bulb as I bought labeled
      SpringLamp. They are sold wholesale in cases of 100. I have no idea
      what the markup is, but if www.energyguide.com is selling them for half
      of what RealGoods is, then perhaps we can estimate another 50% reduction
      possible if we imported? I have no idea what would be involved in
      importation, but suspect it might be more hassle than it is worth. On
      the other hand, maybe a useful fundraiser?

      Anyway, again, I'm still interested in suggestions from others as to the
      places (online or offline) to buy CF's cheaply.

      Robert Johnston

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: ChasMauch@... [mailto:ChasMauch@...]
      > Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2000 11:10 PM
      > To: hreg@egroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [hreg] Compact Fluorescents
      > Great idea, marge! Maybe we should get more details about the
      > power company
      > in NY that sold the CFs as an energy-saving promotion and
      > approach HL&P (aka
      > Reliant Energy or Verizon or whatever) and ask them to do the
      > same thing. If
      > they can pay $300 million for the naming rights on an arena just for
      > publicity (although why a monopoly needs to advertise is
      > beyone me) they
      > should be able to do this.
      > Also, I heard that the city of Austin will pay to have cars
      > there converted
      > to run on natural gas which is a lot cheaper and cleaner than
      > gasoline and
      > improves the air quality. This usually costs about $2,000.
      > Also heard that
      > you could get it done even if you are from out of town if you
      > have a friend
      > who lives in Austin. Can any of our Austin friends tell us if
      > this is true?
      > Charlie Mauch
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