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Free compact fluorescent light bulbs: Another opportunity to shine In the UCOM community

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UCOM Client receiving CFLs

UCOM Client receiving CFLs

UCOM is pleased to offer Project Light Change, an energy efficiency-focused project of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC).  UCOM will be distributing a thousand FREE Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs to clients who are responsible for their own electric bills.   



Project Light Change aims to help residents save money on their utility bills by reducing energy consumption.  CFL bulbs are good for the pocket book as well as the environment. Jason, a volunteer at UCOM just received his free CFL bulbs and states, “I’m in between jobs right now so I really have to be conservative.  These bulbs will help me save energy and money and they last longer so I won’t have to change them as often!”  CFLs use up to 75% less energy than their standard incandescent or “traditional” counterparts. One bulb could save a homeowner $30 or more over its 5+ year lifespan. The 20,000 CFLs distributed by non-profit organizations city wide will have a positive effect on the community by saving residents about $940,000 on electric bills and preventing emissions of more than 21 million pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents, a measure of greenhouse gas impact.

UCOM is excited to offer clients another way to save money with Project Light Change.  UCOM encourages clients to use the savings for other essential household needs or to pay down debt.  Accompanying the bulbs will be educational literature describing the benefits of replacing traditional bulbs with CFLs and the importance of recycling the used bulbs.  Clients receiving the CFL bulbs are asked to return the used bulbs to UCOM which has special recycling bins.  UCOM also welcomes anyone from the community to recycle their used bulbs here.     


For more information on this money saving opportunity for home owners, contact Shawn Keener, UCOM Program Director, at 241-4006.


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