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Transforming the Residential Use of Compact Fluorescent Lighting

By Debra L. O. Tachibana, Karen A. Brattesani and Debra L. O


A decade after electric utilities nationwide began the effort to transform the residential lighting market, the average household in Seattle owned only one compact fluorescent (CF) bulb. With an urgent need to reduce utility loads in 2001, Seattle City Light (a municipal utility) offered Conservation Kits with two newer-generation CF bulbs to every residential customer. Kit distribution to solicited respondents was followed later in 2001-2002 by mailing two retail discount coupons to all households. The two lighting initiatives are referred to as the Conservation Kit and Retail Coupon Programs. This paper reports on the process and impact evaluation of the Conservation Kit Program operated during 2001. The evaluation estimates energy savings from and the cost-effectiveness of Kit measures, as implemented in existing residential buildings throughout the utility service area. It assesses the program’s effectiveness at meeting six strategic objectives. The study also documents progress toward CF lighting market transformation in the urban residential sector

Year: 2011
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