Appliances already use 13 percent of your home’s electricity, and older appliances drain even more. A refrigerator from the 1970s costs $200 more to operate every year than a current model; a 1980s fridge isn’t much better, wasting $100 in energy dollars annually. Cloverland Electric Cooperative offers members a $50 incentive for recycling an old, secondary refrigerator or freezer (10-30 cubic ft.) that is in working condition (limit two). Schedule a pick-up online at michigan-energy.org or call 877-296-4319. This program is seasonal.
We also want to help you save energy when you buy a new energy efficient refrigerator or appliance. Cloverland offers various rebates on the purchase of Energy Star® appliances as well, visit the Energy Optimization website at michigan-energy.org for details.
Co-op members can now safely dispose of used, unbroken compact fluorescent light bulbs at any Cloverland office, Monday- Friday, during normal business hours. Simply place your bulbs in specially-marked recycling containers and we’ll recycle them at no cost to you.
Get the most from your Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) Light Bulbs.
- Do the twist. Screw in your CFL by holding the ballast (the white plastic part), NOT the glass tubing.
- Don’t flip too fast. You’ll maximize the lifetime savings and effectiveness of your CFLs by keeping them on for 15 minutes or more at a time.
- Choose 3 for 3. Only use bulbs labeled as three-way on three-way sockets.
- Don’t dim a non-dimmable. Only use bulbs labeled as dimmable on dimmer switches.
- Check your controls. Most photocells, motion sensors and electric timers are not designed to work with CFLs. Always check with the manufacturer of the control for compatibility.
- Give them air. CFLs are sensitive to extreme temperatures, so place your CFLs in open fixtures indoors. Using them in enclosed fixtures indoors can create a hot environment that reduces the lifetime of your bulbs. Note that covered reflectors are best used in recessed cans.
- Protect them outside. Protect bulbs from the elements by placing them inside enclosed fixtures outdoors. For colder climates, look at the packaging for optimal operating temperatures.
Purchase the Proper Size, Color, and Style of CFL.
Review the CFL Purchasing Guide to make sure you’re buying the correct size, color and style of CFL based upon the type of fixtures and lighting conditions