In 2018 and 2019, Energy Action Fairfax partnered with Fairfax County Public Library to host twelve LED Lightbulb Exchanges throughout the county. Participants were eligible to receive up to five free LEDs per household. The first LED was complimentary. The next four were available if at least four incandescent or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were brought in to exchange. The LEDs provided were 60W equivalent, warm white, and ENERGY STAR® certified. Participants were also able to try different types of bulbs with our interactive lighting display and take home our LED Lighting Guide.
Through this program, nearly 12,000 LEDs have been distributed to approximately 2,500 people. Based on an average home’s lighting consumption, these LEDs will result in nearly 270,000 kWh and $30,000 saved each year. These savings are equivalent to 390,000 pounds of carbon dioxide not being released into the atmosphere – the same as taking 37 passenger vehicles off the road.
Additionally, staff estimate that over 6,500 compact fluorescent lamps were removed from residents’ homes, leading to safe disposal of the mercury inside. All CFLs collected were safely recycled at the county's I-66 Transfer Station. For more information about lightbulb disposal, refer to our Lightbulb Disposal Guide.