Dominion Launches Energy-Saving Light Bulb Program

- Instant discounts offered on compact fluorescent light bulbs at 33 Home

Depot Stores in Central, Eastern, Northern Virginia

- Could save customers $75 million, reduce CO2 emissions

- Bulbs qualify for Virginia's Energy Star tax-free holiday Oct. 5-8

Oct 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Dominion Virginia Power

    RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dominion Virginia Power
 wants to shed light - at less cost to homeowners - on the topic of energy
 conservation by offering instant rebates for 1.4 million compact
 fluorescent light bulbs throughout its Virginia service area.
     Working with retailer Home Depot and manufacturer Honeywell, Dominion
 will provide a $1.50 discount on single and $3 on multi-packs of Energy
 Star- qualified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs purchased at Home
 Depot stores in Eastern, Central and Northern Virginia. Dominion plans to
 provide the instant rebates on a total of 1.4 million bulbs through 2009:
 150,000 this year and 625,000 in each of the next two years.
     "Through this program, Dominion is helping customers with a simple step
 toward more efficient energy practices," said David A. Heacock, president-
 Dominion Virginia Power. "By replacing less efficient incandescent bulbs
 with CFLs, Virginians can reduce their electric consumption, lower their
 bills and reduce their impact on the environment."
     Compared with similar incandescent bulbs, CFLs produce the same amount
 of light but use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10-times
 longer. The Environmental Protection Agency says that replacing a 60-watt
 incandescent bulb with an equivalent CFL can save $54 or more in total
 costs during the bulb's lifetime. The $54 is based on an average Dominion
 Virginia Power residential customer at today's rates.
     Based on EPA's CFL calculator, if all 1.4 million CFLs were to replace
 60-watt incandescent bulbs, consumers would save through the life of the
 CFLs an estimated $75 million and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly
 425,000 tons - the equivalent of removing 70,000 cars from the road for one
     Dominion, Honeywell and Home Depot stores in Dominion's Virginia
 service area are cooperating to deliver the CFL program initiative. Home
 Depot was named Energy Star Partner of the Year for 2006-2007. Honeywell
 has one of the longest, most successful track records deploying energy
 efficiency programs for residential customers in North America. The company
 has helped more than 5 million homeowners reduce their energy consumption
 through its work with utilities.
     Further information regarding the CFL program, a list of participating
 store locations, and information about proper CFL disposal and recycling
 can be found on Dominion's Web site,
     Dominion is proud to be an Energy Star partner. Energy Star-qualified
 products meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the U.S. Department
 of Energy and the EPA. For information about the Commonwealth of Virginia's
 Energy Conservation Awareness Week and the products qualifying for the
 Energy Star tax-free holiday, Oct. 5-8, visit The Department of Mines,
 Mineral and Energy at
     Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers of energy, with a
 portfolio of more than 26,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion serves
 retail energy customers in 11 states. For more information about Dominion,
 visit the company's Web site at

SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power