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PPL Has a Bright Idea to Help Consumers Save on Power

If you're a PPL Electric Utilities customer sweating that 30 percent hike to your bill this year, the company wants to throw you a bone. Or at least a discount on some energy-efficient light bulbs. The Allentown, PA energy company today is launching a program to encourage energy conservation by offering discounts on CFLs. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, the company is offering a buy-one-get-one free deal on 14-watt compact fluorescent bulbs at the Home Depot at 1951 Glenwood St., Allentown. Otherwise, discounts on the bulbs will be available on an ongoing basis at more than 540 retail locations in the PPL service area. A complete list of participating retailers and details about recycling the bulbs is at  PPL will charge customers $246 million over four years to implement the energy conservation programs. The charge will be passed on to customers through their monthly bills. The typical residential customer will pay an extra $24 a year to pay for the conservation plan.  01/30 The Morning Call