DTE Energy is helping Detroit Edison customers make their homes more energy efficient with discounts of up to 50 percent on compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The specially priced bulbs are available now through DTE Energy at several area retailers for as little as 99 cents apiece.

“CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. That can translate into a savings of as much as $44 over the 10,000-hour lifetime of just one CFL,” said Steve Kurmas, Detroit Edison president and chief operating officer.

The discounted CFLs are available at ACO, Costco, Home Depot, Meijer, Kroger and Sam’s Clubs throughout Detroit Edison’s southeastern Michigan service territory. As part of this effort, DTE Energy introduced a few other new energy-efficiency programs.

For example, DTE Energy’s MichCon natural gas customers can choose a discounted on-site energy audit to assess the energy efficiency of their homes and recommend steps for improvement. Customers who complete an audit can qualify for rebates of up to $1,500 for making those improvements.

DTE Energy is helping qualified low-income customers make energy-efficiency improvements to their homes at no cost. The utility also is offering incentives to property managers and owners of multifamily buildings with more than five units to make energy-efficiency upgrades. In addition, since June, DTE Energy has been offering its Detroit Edison customers $50 for their old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers and hauling them away for recycling for free. Finally, DTE Energy started offering rebates and special pricing in September to customers who purchase Energy Star-qualified programmable thermostats, clothes washers and low-flow showerheads.

For more information on any of the energy-efficiency programs this utility is running, visit YourEnergySavings.com.