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Norwalk Promoting Energy Efficiency With LED Lightbulb Exchange

Norwalk is holding a free Lightbulb Swap Sept. 19.
Norwalk is holding a free Lightbulb Swap Sept. 19. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s $15,000 Bright Idea Grant for citywide participation in the Clean Energy Communities program will be used to fund a free Lightbulb Swap for residents Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Norwalk City Hall.

Norwalk Eversource electric residents, with identification, may bring up to five incandescent lightbulbs in any condition and exchange them for new, energy efficient LED bulbs free of charge. In addition to the lightbulb swap, representatives from Eversource and Energize Connecticut will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information about further actions residents can take to save money by making their homes more energy efficient.

Additional LED energy saving products such as nightlights and specialty bulbs will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.

"The City of Norwalk is excited to have earned its first Bright Idea Grant and to use that grant to give residents a way to cut energy costs at home. These LEDs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent lightbulbs,” said John Kydes, chairman of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling’s Energy and Environment Task Force. “Community participation is critical to helping our city reach its energy goals. With the support of our community, there are no limitations to what Norwalk can accomplish.”

In 2014, the city signed the Energize Connecticut Clean Energy Communities pledge to reduce municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent, attain 20 percent of municipal electricity needs from renewable sources, and take other actions to support the deployment of clean energy by 2018. Through the Clean Energy Communities program, residents and businesses that use Energize Connecticut energy efficiency programs helped the community earn the $15,000 Bright Idea Grant. Grants may be used toward a community-selected energy saving project, such as Norwalk’s upcoming lightbulb swap.

Residents and businesses looking to save energy and money should visit Energize Connecticut here or call 877-WISE.USE (877-947-3873).

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