To save you money and protect the planet, we’re giving away up to five, free LED lightbulbs at six Fairfax County libraries in April and May.
Get a free LED — and if you bring in up to four of your incandescent or compact fluorescent lightbulbs, we’ll exchange them for LEDs. The ENERGY STAR®-certified LEDs we’re giving away offer a warm white light that’s equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent lightbulb.
Not only will you save money by getting free LEDs, but also you’ll pocket money from lower electric bills. You could cut your utility bill by at least $25 per year by replacing five traditional, incandescent bulbs with LEDs.
LED prices have declined 85 percent in recent years, and bulbs can be bought for as little as $2 to $5.
The LEDs will be given away on six dates at these libraries:
- Saturday, April 7, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
- Saturday, April 14, 2–4 p.m., City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax
- Wednesday, April 25, 4–6 p.m., George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale
- Tuesday, May 8, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
- Monday, May 14, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston
- Tuesday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria
While LED bulbs are still slightly more expensive, they are cheaper to operate and last longer than incandescent bulbs and even energy efficient CFLs.
You could save $5 a year for every old incandescent bulb that you replace with an LED, based on the county’s estimates.
The LEDs we’ll be handing out use 85 percent less energy than an old incandescent bulb and 33 percent less energy than a CFL.
Compare the costs and lifespan:
- An LED bulb costs an estimated $1 a year to use compared to $6.10 for an old incandescent. LEDs even save money compared to energy efficient CFLs that cost $1.40 per year.
- An LED will last 15,000 to 25,000 hours, while a CFL’s lifespan is about 10,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs burn out after only 1,000 hours.
Our facilities managers aim for a yearly 1 percent reduction in energy use per square foot in many of our buildings. So far, we have been meeting or exceeding our goal despite substantially increasing our total square footage as we renovate or add new buildings.
One of the ways we’re meeting this goal is by retrofitting, upgrading and installing new equipment like LED lightbulbs.
Since July 2017, we’ve replaced 2,277 bulbs in county facilities with LEDs. This has resulted in:
- $544,546 in lifetime savings on electricity costs.
- More than 6.8 million kilowatt hours less in lifetime energy use.
This decreased electricity use is equivalent to avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions from:
- 1,085 cars driven for a year.
- 5.5 million pounds of coal burned.
- 11,728 barrels of oil consumed.
- Check out a thermal camera from the library: These cameras, which attach to your smartphone, allow you to see hot and cold spots in your home that aren’t visible to the naked eye. You’ll be able to see your way to savings by finding air leaks and poor insulation. Reserve a camera.
- Unplug electronics when not using them or use a smart power strip. Many electronics and appliances are energy vampires—sucking up electricity even while they’re turned off. You could be losing up to $200 a year. Stop these energy vampires by unplugging them or plug them into a smart power strip to turn them off automatically.
Get more tips at Energy Action Fairfax.