Puget Sound Energy Surprises Customers With Re-Energized by Design Lighting Makeover Takeovers

Home Lighting Makeovers Including Leds Offered to Lucky Winners

BELLEVUE, Wash. (April 30, 2013) – Today Puget Sound Energy announced the launch of PSE’s Re-Energized by Design Lighting Makeover Takeover, a campaign where broadcaster-turned-podcaster, Marty Riemer will surprise lucky PSE residential electric customers with home lighting makeovers that will include light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

On two Saturdays in May, PSE and Marty Riemer will be handing out free Re-Energize Lighting Starter Kits and Re-Energize Whole-Home Kits (a $55 to $66 value), from noon to 2 p.m. at McLendon Hardware locations. In addition to the Re-Energize kits (up to 50 kits per location), at least one lucky PSE electric customer shopping at McLendon Hardware on each day may be surprised with the offer of a home lighting LED makeover from Marty.

  • May 11 -- Renton McLendon Hardware, 440 Rainier Ave S
  • May 18 -- Puyallup McLendon Hardware, 11307 Canyon Road E

PSE will be celebrating Mother’s Day at the May 11 event by giving a free LED bulb to all women (up to 200), in addition to their kit. At the May 18 event PSE will celebrate Armed Forces Day by giving a free LED bulb to veterans and anyone in uniform (up to 200), in addition to their kit.

“Marty is hitting the streets with PSE to challenge the public to switch out their old incandescent bulbs for high-efficiency lighting, including LEDs,” said Joel Smith, lighting expert at PSE. “The lucky customers who win Lighting Makeover Takeovers will learn what type of lighting is best for each space in their home, receive the latest, most efficient lighting products and save money.  Plus, the icing on the cake, Marty Riemer will personally change out the bulbs.”

PSE will be announcing additional ways customers can win a Re-Energized by Design Lighting Makeover Takeover with Marty Reimer in the coming weeks.

Marty and his sidekick, Joel, will visit each winner’s home in PSE’s all-electric Nissan LEAF® outfitted with a stockpile of the latest LED and CFL bulbs. A film crew will follow Marty and Joel as they change out bulbs and walk the homeowners through the lighting upgrades. Lighting Makeover Takeover videos will be posted at PSE.com/ReEnergizebyDesign.

“Now I can finally answer the age-old question of how many people it takes to change a light bulb. It’s at least two,” said Riemer. “I’m excited to show people the value of efficient lighting and LEDs. I’ve seen the difference efficient lighting has made in my own home, and I’m thrilled with the long-term savings in my energy bill. It’s time for me to help spread the word.”

Watch how Marty upgraded his own home’s lighting:

LEDs offer unparalleled long-term savings and quality of light, because of their low energy usage and long life span switching from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs means less pollution in the air and less waste in landfills. ENERGY STAR®-qualified LED bulbs have an average life span of up to 25,000 hours or up to 25 years, compared to incandescent bulbs which average only up to 1,000 hours.

For more information on LED lighting and PSE rebated bulbs visit PSE.com/LEDs.

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy utility, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 760,000 natural gas customers in 10 counties. PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com, or follow PSE on Facebook and Twitter.

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