LED Program Installs 50,000 Bulbs!

The Energy Challenge Installs 50,000 Energy-Saving LED Light Bulbs

 Over the past 21 months, The Energy Challenge of Central Oregon has installed 50,000 super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs. Each bulb may seem like a small drop in the bucket, but cumulatively these bulbs are will save Central Oregon residents over $9.8 Million.

This free program connects Central Oregon residents, homeowners and renters alike, with resources to save energy instantly—as soon as you switch a light on, you are already using 80% less energy than a conventional light bulb. On top of the LED light bulbs, water saving features can help save energy by reducing the amount of hot water that needs to be heated, and of course, the amount of water consumed.

In addition to instant savings, participants are connected with resources to take their energy savings a step further through other opportunities such as heat pump water heaters, ductless heat pumps, and solar.

In total, this program has invested $346,000 in energy saving devices and will help save participants over $350,000 in energy costs each year. This is the equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power 237 homes for one year.

On Wednesday August 16th, Glenda Mackie will be the 3,470th resident to receive free LED bulbs through The Energy Challenge.

The program is still going strong and residents in Bend, Redmond, and Tumalo are encouraged to sign up at TheEnergyChallenge.org/freebulbs or by calling at 541-385-6908 X26

“We hope this illustrates that even your smallest actions add up to something much bigger than yourself” said Neil Baunsgard, Program Director of The Energy Challenge. “When you’re making changes to save energy, however small, you’re part of a community-wide movement and you truly are making a difference.”

This program is made possible through collaboration with Energy Trust of Oregon and Central Electric Cooperative.