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    Handling and Recycling CFLs

    Upgrade to energy-efficient ENERGY STAR CFLs or LEDs in your lighting for safety and security. SMECO offers discounts on select ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lights and light-emitting diode lights at participating retailers in our service area. The savings are included in your purchase price at the register.

    Get up to $2.25 instant discount for CFLs and up to $8 for LEDs!

    light bulbRetailers listed below are currently participating in our CFL discount program. 

    • Big Lots
      1200 Smallwood Drive West, Waldorf 
      21800 N. Shangri La. Drive, Lexington Park
    • BJ's Wholesale Club
      1000 St Nicholas Drive, Waldorf
      44950 Worth Lane, California
    • Costco
      7601 Matapeake Business Drive, Brandywine
    • Do It Best
      213 Kent Avenue, La Plata
    • Dollar Tree
      1140 Smallwood Drive West, Waldorf
      22599 MacArthur Boulevard, California
      6607 Crain Highway, La Plata
    • Family Dollar
    • 20 Popular Lane, Indian Head
      37670 Mohawk Drive, Charlotte Hall
      40955 Merchants Lane #23, Leonardtown
      104 Drury Lane, La Plata
      21703 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park
      124 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
      153 Smallwood Village Center, Waldorf
    • Lowe’s
      45075 Worth Avenue, California
      300 Rosewick Road, La Plata
      2525 Crain Highway, Waldorf
    • McKay's Food & Drug
      40845 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown
      37670 Mohawk Drive, Charlotte Hall
    • Sam’s Club
      2365 Crain Highway, Waldorf
    • Target
      15922 Crain Highway SE, Brandywine
      60 Shining Willow Way, La Plata
      3300 Western Parkway, Waldorf
    • Tidewater Pharmacy
      28948 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville
    • The Home Depot
      12050 Jefferson Farm Place, Waldorf
    • True Value Hardware
      30314 Triangle Drive, Charlotte Hall
      40845 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown
      20 Creston Lane, Solomons
    • Walgreens
      25 High Street, Waldorf
      2970 Shasho Place, Waldorf
      6300 Crain Highway, La Plata
      11745 Rousby Hall Road, Lusby
    • Walmart
      45485 Miramar Way, California
      10600 Town Center Boulevard, Dunkirk
      40 Drury Drive, La Plata
      150 N Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick
      11930 Acton Lane, Waldorf
    Incandescent
    (Watts)
    Light output
    (lumens)
    40 450
    60 800
    75 1,100
    100 1,600
    150 2,600

    Learn Your New Lighting Label

    Look for the new lighting label! It looks like the nutrition facts label on food products, and can help you choose the bulbs that meet your needs. Remember, a little power can go a long way. Learn more!

    Why use CFLs?

    The most important innovation in energy-efficient home lighting is the CFL. These bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than the older incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 to 25 times longer.

    Although CFLs are more expensive to buy than incandescent bulbs, they are less expensive to own because of their lower energy consumption. Replacing an incandescent bulb with a CFL can save up to $65 in electricity during the bulb’s lifetime. Make a list of the lights in your home that you use the most. If you have lights that are on for long periods of time, these are the most logical ones to change to CFLs so you can get more savings.

    Why use LEDs?

    LEDs emit light in a specific direction, whereas an incandescent light bulb emits light — and heat — in all directions. According to ENERGY STAR, direct lighting applications like LED bulbs offer many advantages compared to incandescent lights such as reduced energy use, energy cost savings and less frequent bulb replacements.

    The retailers listed below are currently participating in our LED discount program. If you don't see a retailer listed for your area, check back soon as we will be adding more retailers in our service area.

    • BJ’s Wholesale Club
      1000 St. Nicholas Drive, Waldorf
      44950 Worth Lane, California
    • Costco
      7601 Matapeake Business Drive, Brandywine
    • The Home Depot
    • 12050 Jefferson Farm Place, Waldorf
    • Sam’s Club
      2365 Crain Highway, Waldorf
    • Target
      15922 Crain Highway SE, Brandywine
      60 Shining Willow Way, La Plata
      3300 Western Parkway, Waldorf
    • Walmart
      45485 Miramar Way, California
      10600 Town Center Boulevard, Dunkirk
      40 Drury Drive, La Plata
      150 N Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick
      11930 Acton Lane, Waldorf

    Ways to cut lighting costs

    1. Use daylight whenever possible.
    2. Reduce the amount of power required by the light. CFLs require less power than incandescents.
    3. Reduce the amount of time that you keep the light on. Get into the habit of turning lights off when you leave the room and you will reduce your lighting costs.

    Additional Resources

    Log In  or  Pay My Bill

    You may have a check waiting for you. If you find your name on our Missing Members list, you could be entitled to a refund.

    Download the SMECO 24/7 mobile app to report your outage and pay your bill from your smart phone.

    Get instant rebates of up to $2.25 per bulb on CFLs and up to $8 on LEDs!

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