Corvallis remains in the race for a $5 million prize from Georgetown University’s energy saving competition, ending in 2017. The last rankings placed Corvallis at 10 out of the 50 competing cities around the country, and each Corvallis household can help in reaching a goal of reducing Corvallis’ emissions by 1,900 tons per year.
The Bright Idea Bulb campaign—part of the Take Charge Corvallis initiative led by Energize Corvallis and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition—is working on distributing 35,000 LED light bulbs to households for free, which if installed would total Corvallis’ energy savings to 2,730,000 kWh, or about $250,000 per year. LEDs have a lifespan of about 20 years, and they’ve given out over 10,000 since April.
Sarah Spangler, the coordinator of Take Charge Corvallis, explained, “LED bulbs are a little bit more of an investment than other bulbs so a great way to do it is to give them away for free so people can try them out and see that they’re the real deal and if they’re something they want more of.”
While there is no way to calculate just how many of these LEDs have been installed, those who have can report it on the Corvallis Environmental Center’s website. They are also hoping to gain momentum with a heat pump water heater exchange, which would lead to household savings of an additional $300 per year.
The CEC is also offering direct installment of energy saver kits worth $200 in products including up to 16 LED light bulbs, two low-flow showerheads, one kitchen aerator, and two bathroom faucet aerators.
If won, the $5 million would go toward generating new ideas and maintaining the long-term local efforts already set in place. Second and third place will also receive prizes—everyone comes out a winner, right?
Georgetown’s 10 finalists will be announced in January 2017. To get your free LED light bulb, check your doorstep or visit www.energizecorvallis.org. For more information or to register for direct installment of the packaged LEDs, showerheads, and aerators, visit www.
By Gina Pieracci