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Dominion Virginia Power, The Home Depot Sell 1,000,000th Energy-Saving Light Bulb


* Jenna Caudillo buys 1 millionth compact fluorescent light bulb at Reston store
* Customer savings mount as program continues to exceed goals
* Discounts continue on compact fluorescent light bulbs

Jenna Caudillo of Falls Church, Va., today purchased the 1 millionth compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb sold under Dominion Virginia Power’s discount program for the energy- and money-saving bulbs. Caudillo purchased the bulb at The Home Depot in Reston.

“At our house we try to do little things to reduce the impact on the environment and save money,” said Caudillo. “We have found replacing regular bulbs to be a simple and cost-effective way to reduce our electric bill and help the environment without any noticeable change to our lifestyle. And of course, it helps to have the discount, too.”

Dominion initiated the discount program in October 2007 at The Home Depots in its service area in Northern, Central and Eastern Virginia. Demand for the bulbs exceeded initial expectations, and Dominion expects the program’s growth to continue.

“We are extremely pleased with the program’s continuing success. The financial incentive - combined with customer interest in energy conservation - is helping to reach new levels of energy efficiency in Virginia,” said David A. Heacock, president of Dominion Virginia Power. “We are proud of this program and its positive impact on Virginia.”

CFL bulbs consume about 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer, resulting in significant savings for consumers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that total savings if consumers purchased 5 million CFL bulbs would be about $270 million over the life of the bulbs.

Additionally, it would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 million tons - the equivalent of removing 264,710 cars from the road for one year - because of the reduced need for electricity. Dominion celebrated the 1 millionth bulb sold milestone by rewarding Caudillo with a $100 gift certificate toward ENERGY STAR® appliances at The Home Depot.

Dominion is providing a $1.50 discount on single and $3 on multi-packs of Energy Star-qualified CFL bulbs purchased at The Home Depot stores in its Virginia service area. In 2008 Dominion added five more of The Home Depot stores to the program, increasing the total to 38 stores.

Online Energy Calculator Also Helps Customers

Dominion customers looking for additional ways to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses have a new tool at their disposal. An energy calculator, recently installed on Dominion’s Web site, helps customers determine the amount of energy they are using and explore ways to save.

The energy calculator, available at, allows customers to create a profile of their current household energy use, calculate the energy used by a variety of household appliances, and discover ways to make better energy decisions by reducing consumption and improving energy efficiency.

Dominion, Honeywell and The Home Depot stores in Dominion’s Virginia service area are cooperating to deliver the CFL program initiative. Additional information about the CFL bulb program, a list of participating store locations, and instructions about proper CFL bulb 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.


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