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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative will be giving county residents free light bulbs at several events throughout September and October.

Starting this weekend in Parachute, residents can receive two free compact fluorescent light bulbs.

The light bulb giveaway is for two spiral-style compact fluorescent bulbs. The 15-watt bulb is the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb, and the 20-watt bulb puts out the same light as a 75-watt incandescent bulb.



“Compact fluorescent bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last 10 times as long,” said Parachute Trustee and GNECI Advisory Board member Judi Hayward.

Using compact fluorescent bulbs in high use light fixtures is an easy way to trim your monthly electric bill, Hayward said.



Garfield NECI is a collaborative project of Garfield County, the six towns from Parachute to Carbondale, the Garfield County Library District, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Governor’s Energy Office.

The light bulbs were purchased by GNECI through help from the city of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy, and project management is covered by the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Something as simple as changing a light bulb can save on monthly energy bills, according to Holy Cross Energy auditor Eileen Wysocki.

“Most people have at least 20 bulbs in their home that could be replaced with energy efficient compact fluorescents,” Wysocki said. “A whole house lighting changeover can make a noticeable reduction in your electricity bill.”

Light bulbs will be given away at the following events and locations:

• Friday, Sept. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Concert in the Park at Cottonwood Park in Parachute.

Local bluegrass band Simmer Down plays from 6-9 p.m., and Shepherd of the Mesa Lutheran Church is serving a free barbecue dinner and beverages.

• Tuesday, Sept. 22 and 29, at the Glenwood Downtown Market from 4-7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park.

• Friday, Oct. 9, from 4-7 p.m. at Biz-Opoly at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

• Residents will also be able to pick up two free light bulbs at their nearby town hall, starting in October.

For more information on home energy efficiency, including special rebate offers on home insulation upgrades, visit http://www.GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.

SILT, Colorado – The Bureau of Land Management offers permits for firewood cutting in designated areas in Garfield and Eagle counties.

The Cedar Mountain Wood Cutting area is about 10 miles north of Rifle above Rifle Gap Reservoir. The area is open from May 1 to Dec. 1 for live and dead pinon juniper trees.

The Spring Creek Wood Cutting Area is about three miles southeast of Gypsum. It’s open between May 1 and Dec. 1 for live pinon and juniper trees.

In both areas, pinon pine is $12.50 per cord, while Juniper is $7.50 per cord. There is a $15 minimum.

Permits are valid in only the specific wood cutting areas. BLM permits are not valid on U.S. Forest Service lands, nor are Forest Service wood cutting permits good on BLM lands.

Additional information is available at the Silt BLM office or by calling (970) 876-9000.

– Staff Reports


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