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Light bulb swap out program has saved an estimated $5 million to date since 2012

Who knew that changing light bulbs could save millions of dollars? Well, that’s exactly what’s happened at 39 state colleges, universities and agencies that have installed more than 85,000 high efficiency LED bulbs across the Commonwealth.

Since 2012, these new bulbs, which reduce energy use by up to 80%, have resulted in an estimated savings to the Commonwealth of more than $5 million!  The bulb replacement program is a joint venture of the Leading by Example Program at the Department of Energy Resources and the following MassSave Program Administrators (Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil), who worked together to distribute bulbs at no cost to state colleges universities and agencies.

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Bulbs were installed at a wide range of state facilities, including the State House, prisons, courthouses, museums, parks, college gyms, dorms and classrooms, rinks, and subway stations, just to name a few. Since 2012, these bulbs had saved an estimated 35.9 million kWh, equivalent to the power used by 1,415 Massachusetts homes in a single year.

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This light bulb swap out program is just one of many strategies being undertaken across state government to meet state government energy use and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, as well as support efforts to achieve statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. To learn more about Leading by Example efforts to reduce the environmental impacts and costs at state facilities, click here.

 

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Director, Leading by Example Program

Eric is Director of the Leading by Example Program, a “Greening the Government” program established by Governor Patrick’s 2007 Executive Order #484. He helped develop a green building standard for new government buildings, state government’s first greenhouse gas inventory, and a mandatory Computer Power Management Standard. Eric managed $54.9 million worth of stimulus clean energy projects and the Governor’s 2009 Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force. Eric received a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College and has a masters in Environmental Policy from Tufts.

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