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Front Porch: Reader feedback illuminates light bulb phase out

It appears my column on the light bulb phase out flipped a few switches in the Spokane area. The calls and emails that came in response to the column revealed readers on both sides of the lighting spectrum – those who embrace the government-mandated switch and those who are upset about losing their incandescent glow.

Front Porch: In the dark on light bulb phase-out

The clickety clack sound of my fingers flying over the keyboard filled my home office as I sat hunched over my desk racing against another looming deadline. I glanced down at my notes and then it happened. The room went dark.

Do Your Part: Always consider recycling solutions

Stumped on what to do with stuff you can’t toss in the recycling bin? Don’t trash it before finding out how to do your part with even the trickiest of items. Here are my “Top 5 Solutions to Your Recycling Problems”.

Avista mailing out energy-saving bulbs

Avista Utilities has begun mailing 350,000 kits with eight compact fluorescent bulbs to residential customers in Washington and Idaho. The effort is part of Avista’s goal to encourage customers to use less electricity, company spokeswoman Debbie Simock said.

Phase-out of incandescents means plenty of decisions

All the buzz lately is about the looming phase-out of the incandescent light bulb that was invented more than 100 years ago. It’s a bulb so inefficient that most of its energy heats its surroundings rather than illuminating them. So in 2007, President George W. Bush enacted The Energy Independence and National Security Act, requiring light bulbs to be 25 percent more energy efficient by January 2012.

Clark: Rage against the dying of the light

Today’s the day when we all crawl out of bed and realize that we forgot to set our clocks back an hour. But this year I have a suggestion. Take a notebook with you while you’re scuttling about trying to remember where all the flipping clocks are.

Program offered to help families lower energy use

It’s one thing to read that you can save money by saving energy at home. But actually doing this may not always be as simple as it sounds, as some families may not know where to start, what they need or where to get more info.