This new initiative as part of Montgomery Energy Connectionis an opportunity for residents to exchange their old incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs.
We will be setting up Lemonade Stands at Community, Recreation, and Senior Centers. Libraries, and Farmers’ Markets throughout the summer. While we won’t have actual lemons or lemonade, we do have a lemon treat and tons of LEDs!!!
The goal of these outreach events is to bring residents tips to help brighten their homes and lower their utility bills! As we say at the Lemonade Stand, “lemons are sour, saving money is sweet”
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will join together to celebrate October as Energy Action Month by offering the opportunity to exchange inefficient light bulbs for energy efficient ones. Bulb exchange events are scheduled at 19 County libraries. Energy Action Month is an opportunity to for residents to take proactive steps to lower their energy usage and their utility bills. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting consumes 10 percent of the total electricity used in homes.
The light bulb exchange program offers an opportunity for residents to lower their utility costs by switching to more energy efficient LED (light emitting diodes bulbs). Replacing just five of the most frequently used light fixtures with energy efficient bulbs can save more than $65 a year in energy costs. Residents can bring their old incandescent and used CFL light bulbs to the following MCPL branches in exchange for new LEDs.
There is a limit of three bulbs per family at each event.
Most of our events take place outside, weather permitting. If we move inside, we will have signs directing you to the location and will be following all County guidelines for COVID.
Aspen Hill, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd, Rockville, MD 20853 – Saturday, Nov. 6, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Swap Your Bulbs
These events will also be an opportunity for residents to learn more about the difference between incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED bulbs and to SWAP out their old bulbs for new, energy efficient ones.
Did you know that we no longer refer to light bulbs in terms of watts? Because LEDs are so energy efficient, we are really concerned about lumens, or the brightness of the bulb. In fact, all light bulbs now have a Lighting Facts label on them that helps consumers decide which bulbs would be best for them. The label includes a bulb’s brightness, energy cost, life, light appearance, and wattage. In addition, the principal display panel on the front of packaging focuses on lumens, a measure of brightness, rather than on watts, a measure of the amount of energy used, and includes the estimated yearly energy cost for each bulb. Bulbs themselves also feature lumens, and in the case of CFLs, a mercury disclosure. The label is an industry tool to help buyers evaluate product performance against manufacturer claims.
My Green Montgomery is a project of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. It is a service to help Montgomery County residents think and live in a way that safeguards and sustains the health of our people, our county, and the planet.