This article was originally published in the September/October 1998 issue of Home Energy Magazine. Some formatting inconsistencies may be evident in older archive content.
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Home Energy Magazine Online September/October 1998
Utility Blitz Boosts Energy Star Torchieres
What a difference 18 months have made. Today, safe, efficient, fluorescent torchieres from at least six different manufacturers are coming to market. Some are even priced in the $29 to $39 range-remarkably close to the price of their halogen counterparts. However, some of the least expensive fluorescent torchieres lack the multiple light levels or the performance characteristics needed to earn the Energy Star label.
To push the market toward the most efficient torchieres, utilities in California, the Pacific Northwest, and parts of Wisconsin have recently launched a multi-million dollar market transformation blitz during the second half of 1998. They provide incentives of $10 to $15 apiece for Energy Star torchieres that match the typical light output of halogens (3,500 lumens or more). Some of these products are already available in retail outlets. Affordable, fully dimmable models were not in stores at press time, but were expected by fall.
Perhaps the most innovative thing about this regional torchiere effort is its Internet component. Anyone who cannot locate a particular Energy Star torchiere in local stores may order it directly on the Web at www.LightSite.net. Best of all, utility rebates will be automatically included in the price for qualifying customers in Northern California and potentially in other regions. The site will also provide educational information about fire safety and new product developments, and may eventually link to a store finder for participating retailers.
Log on and light up!
Chris Calwell is president of Ecos Consulting in Durango, Colorado. He has been researching and writing about halogen torchieres since 1995.
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