July 31, 2008 - The electric cooperative of South Carolina have given away
1.2 million energy efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) to date in
the first phase of the group's "Do The Light Switch" campaign. Within the
next ten years, the program is expected to distribute seven million CFLs
which could save the equivalent of the amount of energy used by 35, 000
In the first year of the program, each household served by an electric
cooperative received two free CFLs in the mail. The distribution began in
April and continued through July. Additionally this year, each electric
co-op in the state is offering a free CFL to each member who registers at
his or her annual meeting. Also this summer, the co-ops donated 4, 300 CFLs
to the S.C. State Park System.
"This is one way the cooperatives can help members deal with the rising
energy prices," said Ron Calcaterra, CEO of Central Electric Power
Cooperative, which is providing the funding for the energy efficiency
program. "By helping them make the switch to more efficient lighting, we use
less fuel to generate energy, allowing us to pass those fuel cost savings to
them. Our members save energy and money, while using the same amount of
lighting." The electric cooperatives launched the "Do The Light Switch"
program this year as a result of an independent study which showed that the
No. 1 measure residents could take to curb energy use was to replace
standard lighting with energy efficient lighting.
CFLs use about 75-percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.
They produce less heat and can last 6-10 times longer than a traditional
bulb. one 13-watt CFL--which has the equivalent light output of a 60-watt
standard bulb--will save an average of $30 over it's lifetime. Switching to
CFLs in a home's most used light fixtures will save even more money.
And CFLs are also good for the environment. Because they use less energy,
CFL lessen the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. One
bulb will prevent more than 450 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its
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Little River Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member owned electric co-op
proudly serving Abbeville, Anderson, Greenwood,
and McCormick Counties in South Carolina since 1940.
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