EcoAction Partners: GREENLIGHTS, LED Program, Through 7/11

Telluride’s EcoAction Partners is pleased to announce another year of GREENLIGHTS, a rebate program sponsored by San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) and supported by the Telluride Foundation, participating governments, and EcoAction. The initiative, which started May 1, 2017, was just extended through July 11. The program is a win for residents and businesses – and the environment. Now you can purchase LED light bulbs at an extremely discounted rate of up to 75% off. Order here.

The mission of  GREENLIGHTS is to encourage everyone in participating areas – Telluride, Mountain Village, Ridgway, Ouray, Nucla, Rico, and Naturita, plus San Miguel, Ouray, Dolores and Montrose counties – to switch over to LED light bulbs to save money, reduce energy use, and ultimately help protect the environment.

In addition to the financial incentive of 75% off the retail value of every purchase, each light bulb can save a user up to $80 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb. If you think about how many lightbulbs are used in your home or business, that amounts to a huge savings.

Locally, San Miguel County’s annual Energy Report for County Facilities found that retrofitting LED lighting on projects showed the greatest level of energy savings for their facilities. Take, for example, the Sheriff Admin-Jail facility. In 2013, the County expended $34,229 on electricity costs for that building. The current energy savings after the LED install is tracking at about 27% and will represent about an annual savings of $9,242.

Finally, LED light bulbs use only about 25 percent of the energy consumed by incandescent or halogen light bulbs and lasts 8 – 25 times longer.

Sources for statistics:

1 ENERGYSTAR.GOV. Retrieved from http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls_savings

2 San Miguel County’s Annual Energy Report for County Facilities. (January 29, 2015).s

3 ENERGY.GOV. (2014). Lighting Choices to Save You Money [Article]. Retrieved from http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/lighting-choices-save-you-money

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