FirstEnergy's Ohio Residential Customers Getting 2 Low-Electricity Use Light Bulbs

FirstEnergy Corp. plans to provide nearly 4 million low-energy light bulbs to its residential electricity customers in Ohio. Full Story
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OMG

Akron, OH

#22 Oct 8, 2009
Can you believe this response I got back from the First Energy arogant bastards when I complained - OMG!!!!!

Thank you for utilizing FirstEnergy's Customer Care website for your
account needs. This CFL program is part of a statewide effort under Ohio’s
new energy law (Senate Bill 221) to reduce the amount of electricity
customers use. As with most state-mandated programs that are designed to
benefit all residential customers – such as energy efficiency programs and
environmental projects – the costs incurred by the utilities to implement
the program are included in residential customer rates. So all customers
share the costs of the programs over a period of several years.

If a delivery person comes to your house when you are home, please simply
ask them not to deliver the bulbs to your home, and they will move on. If
you do receive bulbs – either through the mail or at your door – feel free
to give them to a neighbor, friend or a family member. If you want to
dispose of them, check if your municipality permits you to put CFLs in the
garbage. If so, seal the bulb in two plastic bags and put it into the
outside trash, or other protected outside location, for the next normal
trash collection. If not, you will need to properly recycle the bulbs.
CFL recycling is available free of charge at The Home Depot stores – or
your municipality might have other CFL recycling programs available
Sherri Rounds

Cleveland, OH

#24 Oct 8, 2009
I already use these bulbs in my home. Forcing us to buy them at First Energy's rate is extortion. You should be able to send in a receipt proving purchase to opt out of this rip off plan.
RHC

AOL

#25 Oct 8, 2009
DIDN'T U KNOW IT'S ALL THE RAGE NOW GOVERMENT WILL RUN YOUR LIFE, FROM MEDICAL, AUTO MANUFACURING TO THE LIGHT BLUBS U USE. ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE ANYONE THAT IS IN OFFICE OUT AND REPLACE THEM WITH ANYBODY WHO WILL REMEMBER THEY WORK FOR US.
PS I,M UNEMPLOYED I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE LIGHT BULB POLICE. Hdrun
Sherlock

Chagrin Falls, OH

#26 Oct 8, 2009
Perhaps my dear watson the bulbs will be delivered to all the old people emit a death ray, hence solving the social security and medicare dilema.
Marcia Lee

Salem, OH

#27 Oct 10, 2009
This is ridiculous. I hope this idea is overturned.
Undercover Brother

Los Angeles, CA

#28 Oct 10, 2009
RHC wrote:
DIDN'T U KNOW IT'S ALL THE RAGE NOW GOVERMENT WILL RUN YOUR LIFE, FROM MEDICAL, AUTO MANUFACURING TO THE LIGHT BLUBS U USE. ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE ANYONE THAT IS IN OFFICE OUT AND REPLACE THEM WITH ANYBODY WHO WILL REMEMBER THEY WORK FOR US.
PS I,M UNEMPLOYED I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE LIGHT BULB POLICE. Hdrun
Can't you get a Government job?
Judy

Novelty, OH

#29 Oct 10, 2009
Instead of having these bulbs delivered to it's customers and then charging the customers 10x more for the bulbs than they could buy them for in the store why not just send out coupons for the bulbs in everyone's electric bill and not charge the customer anything extra.
L Strick

Avon Lake, OH

#30 Oct 13, 2009
I have been using these light bulbs for 2 years. I purchase them when they are on sale. I do not need someone else to shop for me!
tired of marketing

Cleveland, OH

#31 Oct 13, 2009
About three years ago Vectren Source was crying for their customers to conserve gas and so customers did. Then Vectren decided they weren't making enough from this and they tried to charge customers for the gas they didn't use. This is the same thing. Just another scheme to try to rip off customers to fatten their bonuses. Would all that money be reinvested in facilities or would a sizable chunk of it go for executive perks and bonuses?
ChucktheGr8

Cleveland, OH

#32 Oct 14, 2009
If this thing goes through, I think everyone should revolt. That is, not pay the light bulb portion of their bill. Will they shut off EVERYONE'S lights?!!?!?

Part # 2352 of the Government SCREWING the hard working taxpayer!
BPete

United States

#33 Oct 14, 2009
Next the gas companies will sell you blankets
Solarman

Banning, CA

#34 Oct 14, 2009
ChucktheGr8 wrote:
If this thing goes through, I think everyone should revolt. That is, not pay the light bulb portion of their bill. Will they shut off EVERYONE'S lights?!!?!?
Part # 2352 of the Government SCREWING the hard working taxpayer!
Careful, I think you've given the power company an idea. If everyone doesn't pay their bill in full, sooner or later First Energy will turn you off for non payment, even a few bucks worth. Then they could just shut down a major switching station and shut down the whole grid. When people complain, they would only have to go to the switching station to restore power, then they would charge every customer a turn on fee! It seems like there have been similar articles to this one on Topix in the past. I think it was PPL or FPL that had such a program. It did decrease energy usage, but to keep their bottom line boosted, they had to raise electric rates to recoup the revenues lost to the energy efficiency. Might I suggest investing in solar, wind or micro hydro before cap and trade takes effect.

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