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Darien Light Bulb Swap A Success

Nearly 250 Darien residents recently participated in the town’s first light bulb swap at the Darien Library.
Nearly 250 Darien residents recently participated in the town’s first light bulb swap at the Darien Library. Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org

DARIEN, Conn. -- Nearly 250 Darien residents recently participated in the town’s first light bulb swap at the Darien Library, where they exchanged nearly 1,300 incandescent light bulbs for new, energy-efficient Energy Star LED bulbs, free of charge.

Each Darien 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 approximately $13,000 annually. During the lifetime of the new LED bulbs, they will collectively save approximately $300,000.

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

“Our light bulb swap was a great way for the people of Darien to celebrate Earth Day,” Eversource’s energy efficiency spokesman Enoch Lenge said. “Everyone that came out was excited about saving energy, which helps you save money and also benefits the environment.”

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, which has about a 1.5- to 2.5-year lifespan.

The town used a $5,000 grant for the exchange, earned through its participation in Energize Connecticut’s Clean Energy Communities program.

In 2015, Darien signed the Clean Energy Communities 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.

For more information on how to save energy and money at your home or business, visit EnergizeCT.com or call 1-877-947-3873.

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