FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 28 2009 12:00:00:000AM
News Media Contact: Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725

UES' Energy Star® Lighting Program Cuts CFL Costs by up to 50 Percent

Kingman, Ariz. — A new UniSource Energy Services (UES) program is making compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs available at discounts of up to 50 percent off of regular retail prices.

UES's new ENERGY STAR Lighting Program is designed to encourage the use of energy-efficient CFL bulbs, which consume approximately 75 percent less energy than comparable incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times as long.

"UES is making it even easier for our customers to conserve energy and reduce their monthly electric bills," said Philip Dion, Vice President of Environmental and Legal Services for UES and its parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS). "By using CFL bulbs, our customers can save money while they help save the environment."

Although CFLs cost more than comparable incandescent bulbs, they generate energy savings worth up to $30 per bulb over their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. UES's ENERGY STAR Lighting Program makes CFLs even more cost effective by reducing their price to as low as $0.99 per bulb.

Through the program, UES has paid manufacturers to provide discounts that are passed along through numerous local retailers. No coupons are necessary, and customers can purchase up to 10 discounted bulbs per store visit. The program is funded by UES customers through a monthly surcharge approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

UES estimates that if all 15,000 bulbs available through the program this year are sold and installed, they will save more than 675,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the course of a year.

The discounted bulbs are now available at participating Home Depot locations and 99ยข Only Stores in Mohave and Santa Cruz counties. Ace Hardware and other participating retailers are scheduled to begin selling the discounted bulbs in coming weeks. To find participating retailers, customers can call toll-free at (800) 783-7253 or visit useaz.com.

Because CFL bulbs contain trace amounts of mercury, they should be handled carefully and disposed of properly through recycling facilities available at local The Home Depot stores and other locations. To learn more about mercury and CFLs, visit useaz.com or energystar.gov. For more information about local disposal options, visit earth911.org.

UES provides safe, reliable electric service to more than 90,000 customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz counties. For more information, visit useaz.com. For more information about its parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation, visit uns.com.