Garfield County senior housing facilities saving money with new CF light bulbs
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Senior housing facilities around Garfield County will be paying less to light their rooms than they had before, thanks to a program undertaken by the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative.
Crews from G-NECI already have installed compact-fluorescent (CF) light bulbs in two senior centers – the New Castle Senior Housing complex and the Sunnyside Retirement Center in Glenwood Springs – and more installations are planned, said Heather McGregor of Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER).
CLEER is the organization hired by Garfield County to manage the G-NECI programs, which are intended to encourage greater energy-efficient behavior among citizens, businesses and government agencies throughout the county.
One of the programs, the “Waste Not, Watt Not” light bulb giveaway, has involved the distribution of free CF bulbs to all comers through the town halls in communities throughout the county.
More than 8,800 bulbs have been handed out, including 1,000 supplied by Xcel Energy, and McGregor said the supplies have been all but exhausted except at the Glenwood Springs City Hall, where the city electric department still has some in stock.
The installations at senior facilities is an offshoot of the giveaway.
“We wanted to do something special for seniors,” McGregor said, adding that light bulbs seemed an appropriate way to do that. At Sunnyside, she said, the team installed 79 bulbs in 20 rooms, plus they handed out 90 bulbs to seniors who lived elsewhere but attended the Chat ‘n’ Chew luncheon at Sunnyside that day.
McGregor explained that the installation crews have taken note of any light fixtures that would not work with the bulbs on hand, and will return with different bulbs at a future date.
Generally, McGregor said, the more-efficient bulbs can save between $2 and $3 per year in electricity costs, which should help senior centers reduce their utility bills.
More information on CF bulbs and other energy-efficiency programs is available on the G-NECI website: http://www.garfieldcleanenergy.org.
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