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FirstEnergy Bulb Giveaway To Cost Customers
NewsNet5 ^ | 10/05/2009

Posted on 10/07/2009 6:25:04 AM PDT by EBH

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If there is a 60 cent charge for the next 3 years for two stinking CFL bulbs, then they are not free. In fact what happens if you return them to FirstEnergy?

The bulbs are not FREE. The bulbs are not being requested by the consumer. I did not seek to buy them and don't want them. And this is false advertising!

1 posted on 10/07/2009 6:25:06 AM PDT by EBH
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You know, I actually gave these dumb bulbs a shot, and they last no longer than the old bulbs, and it’s a pain-in-the-patoot to dispose of them.


2 posted on 10/07/2009 6:26:08 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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I will smash them if they appear on my doorstep. Not sure where or how yet, but I will smash them in protest.

Isn't it amazing that even Dennis Kucinich is fighting this?
3 posted on 10/07/2009 6:27:31 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: EBH; Las Vegas Dave

Here is the reply I received from my complaint to First Energy, basically they don’t care how people feel, they want their money: Thank you for utilizing FirstEnergy’s Customer Care website for your account needs. Ohio Edison/Toledo Edison/The Illuminating Company is focused on helping our customers lower their electric bills by reducing energy use and increasing the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses. CFLs are simple yet effective tools for saving energy. For example, replacing a single 100-watt incandescent bulb with a CFL of the same light output can reduce your electric bill by $10 a year. Thats $10 for every bulb you switch, so your savings can add up.
If a delivery person comes to your house when you are home, please simply ask them not to deliver the bulbs to your home, and they will move on. If you do receive bulbs either through the mail or at your door feel free to give them to a neighbor, friend or a family member. If you want to dispose of them, check if your municipality permits you to put CFLs in the garbage. If so, seal the bulb in two plastic bags and put it into the outside trash, or other protected outside location, for the next normal trash collection. If not, you will need to properly recycle the bulbs. CFL recycling is available free of charge at The Home Depot stores or your municipality might have other CFL recycling programs available.

This CFL program is part of a statewide effort under Ohios new energy law (Senate Bill 221) to reduce the amount of electricity customers use. As with most state-mandated programs that are designed to benefit all residential customers such as energy efficiency programs and environmental projects the costs incurred by the utilities to implement the program are included in residential customer rates. So all customers share the costs of the programs over a period of several years.

Sincerely,

Rachel Customer Service


4 posted on 10/07/2009 6:27:46 AM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: McKayopectate

I’m on my second year on my bulbs....They last and last and last.....And my electric use did go down.


5 posted on 10/07/2009 6:28:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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Allegheny Power tried this in Maryland awhile back and it was ordered to remove the charge since anything received unsolicited in the mail is supposed to be a gift. Of course, we're still paying for the damn bulbs anyway, since all the money AP spent to get them came from us to begin with.

I wish electrical utilities, given their monopoly status, could be legally prevented in engaging in any business that detracts from their ability to produce power at a reasonable cost to consumers and a healthy profit for them. I am tired of my bill going up year after year to pay for crap that has nothing to do with power.

6 posted on 10/07/2009 6:28:37 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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I plan on simply writing on the box....

Return to Sender.


7 posted on 10/07/2009 6:28:56 AM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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and it’s a pain-in-the-patoot to dispose of them.

...drop them off at FIRSTENERGY.....(in the middle of the night)

8 posted on 10/07/2009 6:29:11 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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I suspect this is sixty cents a month for three years, meaning they are charging $0.60 x 36 = $21.60 for two bulbs, or $10.80 apiece.

You can get them for $2 a bulb in packages of 3 at Walmart.

9 posted on 10/07/2009 6:29:37 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Ask not what the Kennedys can do for you, but what you can do for the Kennedys.)
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I’m on my second year on my bulbs....They last and last and last.....And my electric use did go down.

I like CFLs as well, for the same reasons you cite. But I am sure we both agree that people should be free to buy whatever bulbs they wish to use.

10 posted on 10/07/2009 6:30:15 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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Mine don’t last. I was actually told to replace all my fixtures.


11 posted on 10/07/2009 6:30:17 AM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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I have a standard bulb in my house that’s going on FIVE YEARS! So what.


12 posted on 10/07/2009 6:31:30 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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I suspect this is sixty cents a month for three years, meaning they are charging $0.60 x 36 = $21.60 for two bulbs, or $10.80 apiece.

You can get them for $2 a bulb in packages of 3 at Walmart.

They're using the same variant of mathematics that the federal government uses.

13 posted on 10/07/2009 6:32:12 AM PDT by floozy22 ("As government expands, liberty contracts." RWR)
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The other half of this is they are saying the bulbs are FREE! They are not FREE!


14 posted on 10/07/2009 6:32:28 AM PDT by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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If there is a 60 cent charge for the next 3 years for two stinking CFL bulbs, then they are not free.

.60 * 36 = 21.60 or 10.80 per bulb....placed on our doorsteps (mercury included) unsolicited. I blame the PUCO just as much for signing off on this crap. I'm not sure who I blame more.

The state supposedly mandated that First Energy cut the consumption of their customers and set a hard deadline. That forced First Energy to come up with this ridiculous idea as part of an attempt to comply with state regulations.

The PUCO signed off on this some time ago....here come the environmentalists. I guess we are all socialists now.
15 posted on 10/07/2009 6:34:01 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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They're using the same variant of mathematics that the federal government uses.

Not surprising, since it sounds like this is being driven by an overbearing government mandate imposed on the utility.

16 posted on 10/07/2009 6:34:37 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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They last and last and last.

I've only used 4 cfl bulbs. Each has burned out within a month.

Is this unusual? I don't have any problem in the same fixtures with incandescent (real ;0) bulbs. They last and last....

17 posted on 10/07/2009 6:36:12 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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The state supposedly mandated that First Energy cut the consumption of their customers and set a hard deadline.

Cut power to government offices then. Problem solved.

18 posted on 10/07/2009 6:36:43 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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Is this unusual?

Are they on dimmers? I made the mistake of switching six bulbs into dimmer lights before and lost all six in a month.
19 posted on 10/07/2009 6:37:21 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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Is this unusual? I don't have any problem in the same fixtures with incandescent (real ;0) bulbs. They last and last....

Well, CFLs are not ideal for all lights. CFLs won't work properly with any light that uses a dimmer of any kind, or any light that is on a motion detector or low light sensor trigger because those things do not completely cut off power to the bulb. With incandescent bulbs this is not a problem because there isn't enough power to light the bulb, but with CFLs, the electronics which are in the base of the bulb will get damaged.

I have CFLs for all of my light bulbs, but for my fixtures which are on dimmers, I stick with traditional incandescent bulbs.

20 posted on 10/07/2009 6:39:48 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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