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Energy Efficient Apartments

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The city of Richland is expanding a program that reduces energy bills shifting their focus to apartments.

City leaders say by using a 20-watt CFLl bulb compared to a 75 watt incandescent bulb can save you about $4.22 a year and if you have 12 bulbs it could save you $80-100 a year. The city started the Energy Service Program last year on mobile homes and just recently they've partnered with  seven apartment complexes, with over 1,000 units. The program offers free CFL light bulbs and low-flow shower heads. The goal is to reduce energy loads while creating lower utility rates.

One property manager says her tennants are very excited about the savings. "They're very excited to save money every month their bills, as we know, times are tough now so this is actually a big help to their monthly budgets," said Melanie Pantoja, Property Manager for Jadwin Stevens Apartments.

City leaders say giving out free light bulbs and shower heads will save them money in the long run and help customers save as well. The goal is to install over 13,000 bulbs by mid-April.