Update: City Light giving Shoreline residents free florescent lights

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Update 6-23-2011 11:55pm  
A City of Shoreline employee points out that "Since the City Light installers aren’t actually selling anything, they are not required to carry a City solicitor’s permit.  They will be carrying SCL identification and wearing SCL uniforms and hats."
These door to door solicitors in Shoreline are authorized and their products are free.

Seattle City Light has expanded its Powerful Neighborhoods program to the City of Shoreline. Originally designed to target seniors and low-income residents, the program includes any City Light customer who might not have participated in energy conservation programs.

The program provides and installs free compact florescent light bulbs and low-flow shower heads and faucet water restrictors.

Residents will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment with an installer. Installers will also go door to door and if the resident is home, can do the installation on the spot. Residents can call 206-449-1132 to schedule an appointment or send an email request.

To quality, a resident must live in a single-family home or a two to six unit condo.

Seattle City Light is working with Ecos Consulting, Cascadia Consulting, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS), and Working Green to hire and train installers, schedule home visits, and deliver and install the products.

All installers undergo background checks and drug-screening. Installers fluent in more than a dozen languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Amharic and Cantonese, are available to visit homes where English is not the primary language. All staff carry Seattle City Light identification. Short profiles and photos of all installers can be seen online.

All residents should still be wary of door to door solicitors. Solicitors are required to carry a permit from the city they are in. This is true for both Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.  


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