Dominion Virginia Power, a producer and transporter of energy, has renewed and expanded its instant discounts on energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and is offering several new programs to help customers get their homes and businesses in shape for improved energy efficiency.

Dominion’s new lighting program is based on the discount program that provided instant discounts on more than 4 million CFLs sold since December 2007. The new program provides discounts of approximately $1 to $6 on a variety of CFL packages.

This discount will be available initially at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores with additional retailers to follow.

Dominion is also offering a ‘Smart Cooling Rewards’ program under which, in return for an annual incentive payment, residential participants will allow the company to cycle their central air conditioners and heat pump compressors on and off for short periods, while their fans stay on, circulating already cooled air throughout the home.

This program, which is expected to reduce energy usage during times of high demand, initially will be offered in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County region.

Dominion’s ‘Home Energy Improvement’ program will allow income-qualifying households in pre-defined neighborhoods that meet Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development requirements to receive no-cost energy audits and energy-efficiency improvements.

The company is also offering programs for business customers. Its ‘HVAC Rewards’ program provides a financial incentive to upgrade heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems to higher-efficiency systems, and its ‘Lighting Rewards’ program provides a financial incentive to retrofit existing inefficient lighting with more energy-efficient lighting.

Paul Koonce, CEO of Dominion Virginia Power, said: “We are offering five energy efficiency and demand-reduction programs to help our residential and commercial customers gain better control of their energy usage.

”Combined with a balanced mix of environmentally friendly new generation and other infrastructure improvements, these programs will help meet Virginia’s growing energy needs.”