Utility promotes energy efficient light bulbs

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(Host) Efficiency Vermont, the state’s energy efficiency utility, is urging all homeowners in the state to replace one incandescent light bulb with an energy efficient one in the next 10 days. As part of this challenge, the organization is trying to convince every household in the town of Poultney to participate in this project.

Students at Green Mountain College in Poultney will keep track of how many residents purchase these energy efficient bulbs, so that the students can contact those households that haven’t taken advantage of the program.

Blair Hamilton, who’s managing director of Efficiency Vermont, says the impact of changing just one light bulb in homes across the state is enormous:

(Hamilton) “If everybody in Vermont changed one light bulb it would be the equivalent of about 14,000 households lighting requirements just in the first year. Now of course these bulbs last an average of 8 to 10 years, depending on how many hours a day you use it. The typical bulb lasts 8,000 to 10,000 hours, compared to the normal incandescent that only lasts 1,000 hours.”

(Host) Hamilton says the state is providing a $3 rebate for a limited time on the energy efficient bulbs at many hardware stores across the state.

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