How often do you buy light bulbs?Â Want to do it less often, and save money in the process?
Bennington has kicked off the Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Campaign by offering CFLs at two area locations for $.99 each.Â Aubuchon Hardware at 120 Depot StreetÂ and H. Greenberg & Sons located at 321 Main Street have partnered with Efficiency Vermont to offer these energy (and money) saving light bulbs.
Compact fluorescent lights use up to 75% less energy than incandescent lights and last six to ten times longer.
The Bennington Energy Committee has created the campaign with a grant from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, which provides small grants to encourage local activism that can result in wider community involvement.
The goal is to have every household in Bennington replace 6 light bulbs, or 40,000 total.Â This goal would save enough energy over the life of the bulbs to power 5,000 homes for a year.
Inexpensive light bulbs, same light output, longer lasting, lower energy costs.Â How can you go wrong?
It has been my personal experience that the only difference between regular incandescent light bulbs and the CFL bulbs is that they take a minute to “warm up” and don’t output their full light immediately.Â When you try these new bulbs, don’t judge their light output until they’ve been on a minute or two.Â After that, you won’t even notice the difference.
You’ll also have to check the packages carefully, since a 15 watt CFL is the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent.Â Make sure you pick up the light that’s right for your application.
Businesses are encouraged to participate too, and can pick up a limit of 25 CFL bulbs.
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