Free CFL recycling
OPALCO participates in the LightRecycle Washington program. Recycle your compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) free of charge at the recycling stations in our Eastsound, Friday Harbor, and Lopez offices.
We urge members to be mindful about safely disposing of CFLs. The CFLs we collect are recycled in accordance with EPA standards. The best practice for disposing of spent CFLs is to place the bulbs into a sealable plastic bag and deliver to a collection site.
Whether your house in the San Juan Islands is a second or vacation home – or you are just away on vacation – there are some important considerations for keeping your energy bill down, and your home safe in your absence.
Electricity is consumed all the time, whether anyone is home or not. The modern house feature a variety of conveniences that draw power – many of which you don’t think of as being “on.” Read about the Vampire Electronics feed on your power and can cause your power bill to be higher than expected.
Check out the Vacation/Unoccupied Home Checklist for more information.
- Insulation Contractors Association of America: Buyer’s Guide
- DOE: Energy Savers Guide
- NAIMA: How Much Insulation Should be Installed?
- Efficient Windows Collaborative
- “Vampire Electronics”
- Energy Star
- Center for Energy Efficiency
- US Department of Energy
- Building Energy Codes
- Washington State Energy Code
- United States Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program
- Heating Guide
- American Solar Energy Society
- Northwest Community Solar Guide
- US DOE Renewable Energy
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- DIY Build It Solar
- Small Wind Certification Council
- Tidal Research
- Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology
- An incredibly informative video about photovoltaics from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)