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Ameren Missouri Reaches 2,000,000 Energy Efficient Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Milestone
Same Environmental Impact as Taking More than 120,000 Cars Off the Road

Through Ameren Missouri's Energy Efficient Lighting program, customers have purchased more than 2,000,000 discounted compact fluorescent light (CFLs) bulbs since December 2009.

Over their lifetime, those energy efficient bulbs will save more than 74,000,000 kilowatthours of electricity—the same environmental impact in terms of reducing pollution as taking more than 120,000 cars off the road for a year. CFLs save about 75 percent on lighting costs, so for every $1 spent on lighting with incandescent bulbs, customers will spend only 25 cents with CFLs. Lighting accounts for about 12 percent of the average customer’s electric bill.

“CFLs are the easiest way to save money on your electric bill. Installing a CFL is something that everybody can do, so there are no barriers to savings,” says Richard Mark, Ameren Missouri senior vice president, Customer Operations. "Our promotion of CFLs demonstrates Ameren Missouri's commitment to promoting energy efficiency measures that help the environment and save customers money. CFLs are a highly effective and inexpensive step toward saving on energy costs."

Mark adds that instead of throwing away the old incandescent bulb that the CFL replaces, it can be moved to a closet or other area of the home where lights are not needed as often. Ameren Missouri has also worked with retailers to set up CFL recycling centers across the state.

For more information on participating CFL retailers and recycling locations, visit Uefficiency.com. While there, explore Ameren Missouri’s other energy and money saving rebate opportunities.


Contact: Tim Fox, 314-554-4335, tfox@ameren.com; Ameren Missouri Media Hotline, 866-246-4234

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Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 126,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.