December 16, 2014

Thomaston residents swap 2,500 light bulbs

More than 400 Thomaston residents participated in the town's first ever light bulb swap, exchanging more than 2,500 traditional incandescent light bulbs for efficient LED bulbs, free of charge.

The swap was funded through a $5,000 grant administered by Berlin electric utility Connecticut Light & Power. Thomaston received the grant because of the community's participation in the Energize Connecticut program, administered by CL&P and Orange electric utility United Illuminating.

More than 330 Thomaston residents had CL&P energy experts make efficiency improvements to their homes in 2014, including sealing air leaks and installing low-flow showerheads and efficient lighting.

LED bulbs use 80 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. LED bulbs save their users roughly $50 in energy expenditures per year, according to CL&P.

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