Free giveaways of energy-saving light bulbs by co-ops in Indiana and Illinois recently hit the one million mark, resulting in substantial reductions in electric consumption.
The 18 member co-ops of G&T Hoosier Energy, Bloomington, Ind., distributed the compact fluorescent bulbs to consumers over a two-and-a-half year period. The CFL campaigns took place in the co-ops’ service areas in central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
Just how much energy will the one million 75- and 100-watt bulbs save? About 260 million kilowatt hours over the life of the bulbs, or a savings of $26 million for consumers, said Chris Tryba, the G&T’s communications manager. And the reductions don’t stop there.
“The bulbs will also reduce carbon dioxide from coal-fired plants by 260,000 tons—the equivalent of taking more than 45,000 cars off the road for a year,” Tryba said.