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Upcountry Rotary Promotes Bright Idea

Residents can trade old incandescent bulbs for free CFLs.

April 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Over the next two months, Blue Planet Foundation aims to replace 25,000 inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). To help distribute the CFLs, the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui will participate in the Maui Bulb Blitz, and has received 1,000 13-watt (60-watt equivalent) CFL bulbs from the foundation in an effort to "green" Maui.

These CFL bulbs last seven times longer and cost less than quarter of the price to use than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs.

Rotarians will be posted at Upcountry events in April (see sidebar) to trade all incandescent bulbs on a one-for-one basis for free CFL bulbs. For their efforts, Blue Planet will pay the club $.50 for each bulb swapped, which will further support the group's scholarship and youth programs.

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Maui Bulb Blitz

"Blue Planet wants to reward groups that are helping to end the state's dependence on imported oil," said Community Service Director Melanie Stephens. "This project is right in line with Upcountry's "Rotary Gone Green" theme, and is a great addition to the club's other environmental projects, including our e-cycling and Christmas tree-cycling projects that earned the club Rotary International's Significant Achievement Award last year."

This program is free and offered as a service to help residents learn about energy efficiency and reduce their household consumption.

C.F.L.s are 75 percent more efficient than old-style incandescent bulbs. By replacing 40,000 old bulbs with energy-saving CFLs, Maui residents will save $5.8 million (based on 8,000-hour bulb lifetime and Maui electricity rate of $.37/kWh) over the bulbs' lifetimes and prevent 30 million pounds of carbon pollution.

For more information about the bulb swap, contact Stephens at 573-9260.

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The exchange program is funded by Hawai'i Energy, the conservation and efficiency program for Hawai'i, Honolulu and Maui counties.



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