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Bright Idea: Stamford Residents Enjoy Successful Light Bulb Swap

Stamford Mayor David Martin and Associate Planner Erin McKenna with Eversource’s Energy Efficiency team.
Stamford Mayor David Martin and Associate Planner Erin McKenna with Eversource’s Energy Efficiency team. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nearly 1,000 residents recently participated in the city’s first-ever light bulb swap at the Stamford Government Center, where they exchanged nearly 5,000 incandescent light bulbs for new, energy-efficient Energy Star LED bulbs, free of charge.

Each Stamford resident who swapped out five of their home’s old, inefficient light bulbs is expected to save more than $50 in annual energy costs. Combined, these residents will save $50,000 annually. Over the lifetime of the new LED bulbs, they will collectively save $1.15 million.

Energy experts from Eversource were on hand at the light bulb swap to answer questions and provide information on how residents can save money and energy at home, including information on the popular in-home service, Home Energy SolutionsS.

“Stamford has been stepping up its energy efficiency efforts at all levels across the city,” Eversource’s energy efficiency spokesman Enoch Lenge said. “The response we saw to the light bulb swap is proof that Stamford residents are passionate about saving energy at home.”

A single LED bulb has a life expectancy of about 23 years, uses up to 90 percent less energy and can save homeowners as much as $10 per year versus a traditional incandescent bulb.

The city used a $15,000 Bright Idea Grant for the exchange, earned through their participation in Energize Connecticut’s Clean Energy Communities program. In 2013, Stamford signed the CEC pledge, committing to take on efforts 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. 

Once the CEC pledge is signed by a community, residents and businesses that take advantage of Energize Connecticut energy efficiency solutions can help their city or town earn a grant, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

Click here or call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information on how to save energy and money at your home or business.

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