County Awarded 1,000 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Oct. 24, 2008
- Fairfax County is one of only six counties nationally to be recognized.
- Nearly 2,000 households have pledged to switch one bulb to a compact fluorescent.
- CFLs to be distributed at county events.
Fairfax County has been awarded 1,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs from Office Depot for collecting the most pledges in the “large county” category of the 2007 Energy Star Change a Light Campaign.
The county has collected close to 2,000 pledges from residents and employees, who committed to change at least one conventional light bulb to an energy-saving compact fluorescent light (CFL). Over the course of the Change a Light Campaign, nationally almost 10,000 traditional bulbs have been replaced with CFLs, adding up to almost 800,000 kWH of energy saved, a quarter of a million dollars in cost savings and a reduction by more than 4 million pounds of greenhouse gasses.
The CFLs received by Fairfax County are equivalent to a 60-watt conventional bulb, but use only 14 watts. They have approximately 10,000 hours of bulb life, and have a nine-year warranty. The bulbs will be distributed at events throughout Fairfax County.
The challenge was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office Depot and the National Association of Counties.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
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