The Lincoln Energy Challenge will hold a light bulb swap Saturday to replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and to educate renters on energy efficiency. The swap will begin at noon with volunteer training at Kaplan University, 1821 "O" St.. Volunteers will work in central Lincoln apartment buildings until about 4 p.m. An estimated 30 volunteers will be trained on the safe installation of CFLs. Landlords will accompany all volunteers into rental properties.
The goal is to install at least 2,000 energy efficient CFLs, which use one-fourth the energy of incandescent bulbs and can last up to six times longer. Organizers estimate the replacement of 2,000 bulbs could save landlords and tenants up to $7,500 on energy costs per year and have the same environmental impact as planting 2,000 trees.
In addition to receiving the free lighting upgrade, residents will receive educational information on the Lincoln Energy Challenge. The Challenge, which ends in August, is coordinated by Mayor Beutler's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative in partnership with several community organizations including Stronger Safer Neighborhoods, Community Action Partnerships, AmeriCorps and Lincoln Electric System (LES). Residents have several options for participating in the Challenge:
Everyone who pledges will receive a free "Powerkit!" full of information, ideas and resources. The website also lists easy and cost-effective improvements and will have information on upcoming workshops and programs. Those who share their progress with the campaign are eligible to enter weekly drawings and win prizes donated by local businesses.