Let's Talk Lighting
Today, there are more lighting options available on store shelves than ever before. Even with all the new choices, it's still simple to find the most efficient option – look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR means high quality and performance, particularly in the following areas:
Color Quality – Consistent white light over the rated life
Light Output – Light must meet minimum levels for replacement claims, and is maintained through the end of rated life
Efficacy – More light (lumens) for less watts, 75 percent or more
Warranty – Three year minimum warranty
There are three types of lighting – LEDs, CFLs and incandescents. LEDs better convert energy into light, and are the most energy efficient option available. LEDs also provide a much longer bulb life and may even qualify for United Power rebates. United Power's LED rebate program ends December 31, 2019. Applications for 2019 purchases must be received by December 31, 2019.
So, What's the Difference?
Rebate & Recycle Programs
Through a rebate funded by Tri-State Generation and Transmission, United Power members can receive a rebate on LED Lighting products. Please read program details and product qualifications carefully. For more information, contact United Power’s energy management team at 303-659-0551.
The LED rebate program ends December 31, 2019. Applications for 2019 purchases must be received by December 31, 2019.
United Power members can receive half the cost of a qualifying LED light bulb, with a maximum of $8 per bulb. Bulbs must be LED products with a lumen output of 500 or greater. LED rebate applications must be submitted with purchase receipt and photograph or photocopy of product packaging to verify product meets program requirements. You must receive permanent electric service from United Power to qualify. Applications must be submitted within 120 days of purchase. Rebates are limited to 50 bulbs rebated, per member, per year. Rebates are issued as a bill credit and may take up to two billing cycles after submission to appear on bill statement. Submission of application does not guarantee rebate.
To qualify for the rebate program:
Bulbs must be LED
Lumen output of 500 or greater
Limit 50 bulbs rebated per member, per year
Application returned within 120 days of purchase
Qualified bulbs may receive up to 50 percent of the cost of the bulb up to $8/bulb
To qualify for LED rebates, members must submit a completed rebate application, copy or photo of purchase receipt(s), and a photo of the LED product/packaging to verify the product meets the program requirements. Members should be careful to submit photos that clearly verify the product is an LED Bulb and that the lumen output of 500 or greater is visible. Submitting blurry photos, where these requirements are not easy to distinguish, could cause a rebate to be declined.
How to Apply
Application packets must include:
– Rebate application form
– Copy of purchase receipt with produce and purchase date circled
– Photo of product packaging to verify LED and lumen output
Return completed application packets to:
500 Cooperative Way
Brighton, CO 80603
Or deliver to any one of our office locations.
While compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) are an energy efficient lighting choice, they do contain a small amount of mercury, meaning they should be handled with care and disposed of properly. To help members properly dispose of burnt-out CFL bulbs, United Power offers free recycling of household CFLs. Members can bring in household shaped fluorescent bulbs to any of our office locations and United Power will recycle them for free. Due to environmental regulations and size restrictions of recycling containers, we cannot accept any broken, tube-shaped or flood style fluorescent lighting. Please read below to properly dispose of a broken CFL, and use the following resources to recycle bulbs larger than the compact household type.
Home Depot and Ace Hardware stores also offer free recycling of compact fluorescent light bulbs. Please check with your local store on program specifics. Additionally, Earth 911 and Lamp Recycle offer online search tools to help you find a local recycling facility.
Some counties and municipalities in Colorado conduct annual collections of household hazardous wastes, while others have permanent collection facilities or sponsor curbside pickup programs. Find more information about recycling options in your area from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Cleaning Up a Broken CFL
- Open a window and leave the room (restrict access) for at least 15 minutes.
- Remove all materials you can without using a vacuum cleaner.
- Wear disposable rubber gloves, if available (do not use your bare hands).
- Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard.
- Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipe.
- Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up small pieces and powder.
- Place all clean up materials in a plastic bag and seal it. It is recommended that you place these materials in two plastic bags before disposal. Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.
- The first time you vacuum the area where the bulb was broken, remove the vacuum bag once done cleaning the area (or empty and wipe the canister) and put the bag and/or vacuum debris, as well as the cleaning materials, in two sealed plastic bags in the outdoor trash or protected outdoor location for normal disposal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rebates are issued by the bulb. The total number of bulbs in a multi-pack counts towards your annual maximum allowable bulbs rebated. The rebate amount is calculated at half the cost per bulb. To calculate your rebate amount, take the full purchase price of the multi-pack and divide by the total number of bulbs in the package. Rebate amount is half the cost of each bulb, up to $8 per bulb.
(i.e.: A 3-pack purchased for $12. The per bulb price is $4 each, for 3 total bulbs. Total rebate for this purchase is $6).
United Power has provided several ways to submit rebate applications and photographs for product verification. You can submit applications and photographs and/or photocopies by mail or deliver them to our offices. Please make every reasonable effort to verify to United Power that your product meets the rebate qualifications. A photo of the packaging is the only way to verify your purchase meets the minimum requirements, since store receipts and invoices do not list the lumen output of the product. In the event that you cannot submit a photograph, United Power will accept the portion of the actual packaging with a rebate application.
Yes. Rebates are issued based on final purchase price per bulb. Members are rebated based on the final price paid after any instant rebates or coupons.