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Shedding light on 2014 federal energy standards
With new federal energy-efficiency standards in place as of January 1, 2014, companies can no longer import or manufacture 60- or 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. When customers ask about energy-efficient lighting options, direct them to compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs. You can also explain how they’ll benefit from purchasing these bulbs now rather than waiting for old bulbs to burn out.
Here are three simple tips to help explain the benefits of energy-efficient lighting:
Reminder: Refrigerator recycling incentive changes in 2014
- Visit www.energytrust.org/lighting for information about efficient lighting. You can learn about the benefits of purchasing CFLs and LEDs, and find tips on choosing which bulb is right for a customer’s needs.
- You can purchase CFLs and LEDs at discounted prices through Simple Steps, Smart Savings. Qualifying specialty bulbs are already marked down on store shelves, so you don’t need a coupon to take advantage of savings. Just look for the Simple Steps logo on qualifying light bulbs.
- Refer to the Lighting Facts label, now required on all light bulb packaging. It provides information on how long a bulb should last, the brightness measured in lumens and how much energy the bulb uses in watts.
As of January 1, 2014, Energy Trust offers two incentive levels for refrigerator and freezer recycling. Qualifying customers who recycle a refrigerator or freezer will receive $20 or $40 cash back based on the age of the unit:
Oregon Food Bank donation opportunity extended in 2014
- Refrigerators and freezers manufactured in 1993 or later are eligible for a $20 incentive.
- Refrigerators or freezers manufactured prior to 1993 are eligible for a $40 incentive.
Unit age and incentive amount are verified at the recycling warehouse after pickup, and customers can estimate the age of their refrigerator or freezer using online resources from Energy Trust. For guidance in estimating the age of a refrigerator, visit www.energytrust.org/fridgerecycling and click on the “Resources” tab at the bottom of the page.
Energy Trust’s Fill a Fridge campaign, which gives Oregon customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power the option to donate their refrigerator and freezer recycling incentives to Oregon Food Bank, has been extended through 2014.
Upcoming Products marketing activities
By donating a $40 refrigerator incentive, customers can provide up to 120 meals to those in need. In 2013, Energy Trust customers donated nearly $32,000 to the food bank—the equivalent of approximately 96,000 meals.
To help promote donations in 2014, Energy Trust will provide flyers for retailers to make available to customers. Field staff will deliver the flyers to retail locations starting in March.
Energy Trust’s new efficient lighting advertising will run in online media throughout the state in February and March. The ads encourage customers to purchase CFLs and LEDs to save energy and money, and highlight the longevity of the bulbs.
Do your staff members read Insider?
Here’s what you can expect to see in your region in the month of February:
- Portland Metro: Radio, online and mobile ads featured on www.KPTV.com and Pandora Internet Radio.
- Willamette Valley: Radio, online and mobile ads featured on www.KPTV.com and Pandora Internet Radio.
- Central Oregon: Radio, online and mobile ads featured on www.KPTV.com and Pandora Internet Radio.
- Southern Oregon: Radio, online and mobile ads featured on www.KPTV.com and Pandora Internet Radio.
- Eastern Oregon: Online and mobile ads featured on www.KPTV.com
- Coast: Online and mobile ads featured on www.KPTV.com.
If your staff do not read Insider, they could miss out on important updates. Reading Insider is an effective way for your office and sales staff to stay informed about Energy Trust incentives, industry news and other important program information. Encourage your staff to sign up to receive Insider by email every month.
2013 appliance incentive applications due March 31, 2014
Applications for purchases made in 2013 must be submitted to Energy Trust no later than March 31, 2014. Customers can apply online to ensure applications are received on time and receive online status reporting and application confirmation.
2014 appliance incentives
Purchases made between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, are eligible for 2014 incentives. Field representatives will visit stores this month to ensure sales staff have updated materials including applications, lists of qualifying models and marketing pieces.
Energy Trust closed January 20
On Monday, January 20, Energy Trust and Energy Trust Products offices and call centers will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
2014 appliance incentives
The qualifications for new clothes washers, refrigerators and freezers will remain unchanged in 2014. Energy Trust will continue to offer reduced prices on compact fluorescent light bulbs, LEDs and efficient showerheads. Qualifications for refrigerator and freezer recycling will change to include two incentive tiers in 2014.
|ENERGY STAR clothes washer with a Modified Energy Factor, MEF, of 2.4-2.59
|ENERGY STAR clothes washer with an MEF of 2.6 or greater
|ENERGY STAR freezer
|ENERGY STAR refrigerator
|Refrigerator and freezer recycling for units manufactured before 1993*
|Refrigerator and freezer recycling for units manufactured in or after 1993*
*The age of recycled units will be verified by JACO once the unit has been picked up.
Important upcoming dates
Wednesday, December 25
Energy Trust and Energy Trust Products call center will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Energy Trust and Energy Trust Products call center will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day.
First day customers can purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR® appliance and apply for a 2014 incentive.