West Seattle radio personality Marty Riemer got a lighting makeover for his basement studio by Puget Sound Energy as part of their series, Re-energized by Design.

Marty Riemer 'Re-energized by Design' web segment shines a light on his home and studio


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Puget Sound Energy is hoping to shine a light, an energy efficient light in fact on saving energy by making good choices at every stage of lighting and energy use in the home, with a contest they call "Re-energized by Design," a design competition in which PSE customers will compete weekly in a series of energy efficiency room makeover challenges. Among the contestants is the Bedford family of West Seattle that the Herald reported on on March, 20.

Each Wednesday up to April 24, Puget Sound Energy is releasing a new episode of Re-energized By Design. Viewers are following the contestant’s race to combine design choices and energy-efficient ideas, transforming rooms into functional and efficient spaces on a tight budget. To advance, contestants must impress celebrity judges—radio personality Marty Riemer, 425 and South Sound Magazine Editor Lisa Patterson, and local society and event photographer Duell Fisher.

To get Riemer involved PSE paid a visit to his West Seattle studio, where every Friday morning he produces his popular podcast (9:30am). They sent a consultant to help him find the right light bulbs for every need. They replaced bulbs and some fixtures throughout his house making each room brighter but at the same time saving energy.

"I'm a total geek when it comes to saving energy (and in many other ways as well). So when PSE offered to go thru my house and do a lighting makeover I jumped at the chance," said Riemer.

"I thought I was pretty wise to the new lighting products out on the market, but even I was surprised. Hybrid bulbs that start out incandescent - for the instant on - and then switch over to cfl for the energy savings. How about that for nifty?"

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