Puget Sound Energy’s Rock the Bulb™: The Re-Energize Tour 2012 Coming to Thurston County Aug. 18-19

PSE Residential Electric Customers Can Get Up To 17 Free CFL Bulbs and a Chance to win a new ENERGY STAR®-Qualified Gladiator Chillerator® Garage Refrigerator from Whirlpool

OLYMPIA, Wash. (July 30, 2012) – Puget Sound Energy residential electric customers in Thurston County can save energy and money by participating in Rock the BulbTM: The Re-Energize Tour 2012 at the Yelm Goodwill in the Sunbird Shopping Center, 906 E. Yelm Ave., Aug. 18-19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The City of Yelm welcomes Puget Sound Energy to our community,” said Yelm Mayor Ron Harding. “The City recognizes the value of energy conservation and through partnerships such as this we are able to bring multiple benefits to our residents.”

Customers who attend Rock the Bulb can exchange up to 15 of their old inefficient incandescent bulbs for the same number of free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, choosing from among five different styles. Throughout the summer PSE’s Rock the Bulb Street Team and Re-Energize van will be visiting a variety of local community events, festivals and public locations, engaging customers with free CFL bulbs and Rock the Bulb Backstage Passes. By bringing their Backstage Pass to the Rock the Bulb exchange event, with their account number, customers will receive two bonus CFL bulbs, for a total of 17 free CFL bulbs. Customers can also look for a Backstage Pass in their PSE bill or by postcard from PSE.

ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL bulbs use up to 78 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. By replacing the 15 most frequently used inefficient lights in the home with CFL bulbs, households can save more than $600 in energy costs over the life of the bulbs.

“We are excited to bring Rock the Bulb: The Re-Energize Tour 2012 to customers who are ready to save energy and money by switching to CFL bulbs,” said Casey Cochrane, PSE’s local government and community relations manager. “We have many ways for customers to save energy and money beyond CFL bulbs and we can’t wait to share the information.”

At Rock the Bulb exchange events, customers can visit the ‘Appliances that Rock!’ tent to enter to win a new ENERGY STAR-qualified Gladiator Chillerator® garage refrigerator, the only refrigerator designed specifically for the garage from Whirlpool. Customers can also participate in energy efficient games and activities, and learn more about PSE’s programs to help save energy and stay safe around electricity and natural gas at home. Customers who visit all three activity stations and take a pledge to be more energy efficient at home will receive a free WaterSense®-labeled premium-efficiency showerhead. Local radio stations, Mixx 96.1 and South Sound Country 96.9 KAYO will also broadcast live from the Rock the Bulb exchange event Aug. 18 and 19 to encourage customers to participate, be more energy efficient, and give customers a chance to win free home safety kits and other prizes.

Rock the Bulb: The Re-Energize Tour 2012 will distribute 100,000 free CFL bulbs to PSE residential customers at four weekend bulb-exchange events from June through September at local retailers and through outreach at local community events in the utility’s service area.

PSE’s Rock the Bulb: The Re-Energize Tour 2012 will also be held at these locations:

  • June 23-24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: North Bend, Ace Hardware, 330 Main Ave S
  • July 20-21, noon - 6p.m.: Lynden, Ace Hardware, Fairway Shopping Center
  • Aug. 18-19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Yelm, Goodwill, Sunbird Shopping Center
  • Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Cle Elum, Lot next to Pioneer Coffee, at Main and Pennsylvania

For more information on Rock the Bulb: The-Re-Energize Tour 2012 visit PSE.com/RocktheBulb. To learn more about energy-efficiency rebates and incentives to Re-Energize your home, call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit PSE.com/ReEnergize.

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy company, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, 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.

Media Contact

MacKenzie McDowell, 1-888-831-7250