Spring cleaning can save you money

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by CHRISTIE JOHNSON / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Who knew that spring cleaning could save you money? By making a few changes in your home, you can save hundreds of dollars each year. Andy Wappler from Puget Sound Energy explains how changing a few light bulbs in your home can line your pockets with cash.
 
"If you change out the five light bulbs in your house that are used the most to CFL's of LED's, you can save about five hundred dollars over the life of the bulb" said Wappler.
 
Wappler also explains how old refrigerators can suck energy and money out of your bank account.
 
"An old refrigerator uses $200 of energy a year. It could be the biggest energy user in your house" said Wappler.
 
PSE wants to help its customers safely dispose of their outdated fridges.
 
"If you are a PSE customer, not only will we get rid of the old refrigerator for you, we'll give you 20 bucks for it." said Wappler.
 
The fridges are taken to Jaco Environmental where 95 percent of the parts are recycled.
 
As the warm weather approaches many people are getting out and tackling backyard projects, but before you dig you should call 811.
 
"811 is what you need to call before you start doing things in your yard. Even if you are using a hand tool or shovel, you can still dig into things like natural gas pipelines, electric lines, maybe your phone line and cable TV" said Wappler.
 
It is a free call and within two days a PSE crew will come to your home and determine where it is safe to dig.
 
Visit the following websites for more information on these services:
 
Bulb Recycling - PSE.com/BulbRecycling

Hosting a recycling box at your workplace -
PSE.com/BulbDrive

Refrigerator Recycling -
PSE.com/Recycling

LED info -
PSE.com/LEDs

Call before you dig -
call811.com

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