Cape Cod will participate in the first Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Fundraiser
Over 250 students throughout Cape Cod will participate in the first
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds helping
area school groups. The fundraiser will be held from February 23 to March 19.
This is one of the most exciting things that Cape Light Compact has done for the
community, said Charlotte Striebel, Board Vice-Chairman and Deputy Speaker of the
Assembly of Delegates. The students have the unique opportunity to raise money for
their school groups while helping residents to save money, energy, and the environment.
The individual groups - with students ranging from age 7 to 18 - are raising money for
various efforts including field trips and club activities. The participating school groups
are: the Cape & Islands Youth Council on Sustainability, Chatham Elementary
M.E.A.L.S., Eastham Elementary Schoolís 3rd Grade classes, Harwich Elementary
Schoolís 2nd grade classes, Lighthouse Charter School Roots & Shoots, and Truro
Central Schoolís 4th Grade.
Aside from helping consumers use less energy and money, the most appealing aspect of
Cape Light Compactís fundraiser is that all of the money goes directly to the school
group, said Striebel. The Compact has provided generous lighting rebates to cover the
wholesale cost of the bulbs and delivery to ensure that 100% of the money benefits the
The students will be selling 15W, 20W, and 25W standard spirals as well as a three-way
bulb and a 19W A-capsule, which is more reminiscent of the traditional incandescents.
One 25W spiral, which is equivalent to 90W, will save over its lifetime approximately
$91 in energy costs for Cape and Vineyard residents.
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs last, on average, 6 to 10 times longer and use twothirds
less energy than regular incandescents. According to the EPA, if every household
makes their next light an ENERGY STAR light, the nation would save up to $800 million
on its annual energy bill and 8.4 billion kWh in electricity. Thatís enough to provide
electricity to more than 808,000 US homes for one year. The reduction in pollution is
equal to removing 1.2 million cars from the road for one year.
The Cape Light Compact, as administered through Barnstable County, is a regional
energy services organization made up of all 21 towns on the Cape, Martha's Vineyard,
and Barnstable and Dukes counties. The purpose of the Compact is to represent and
protect consumer interests in a restructured utility industry. As authorized by each town,
the Compact operates the regional energy efficiency program and works with the
combined buying power of the region's 196,000 electric consumers to negotiate for low
cost electricity and other public benefits.
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