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Trade-in your incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents Saturday (March 24) in Kona

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Hawaii Energy, Blue Planet Foundation and McDonald’s of Hawaii have teamed up to help build a more energy-efficient future for Hawaii Island residents. As part of its Kona Commons grand opening celebration taking place on March 24, McDonald’s of Hawaii is encouraging residents to bring three or more incandescent light bulbs to the event between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in exchange for energy-saving compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). While supplies last, participants will receive a free CFL for every incandescent bulb brought in.

Students from West Hawaii Explorations Academy, one of the schools participating in the Big Island Bulb Blitz, will help coordinate the McDonald’s CFL exchange. For every incandescent bulb exchanged at the event, West Hawaii Explorations Academy will receive 50 cents.

The Kona Commons McDonald’s was chosen for the bulb exchange at its grand opening because it is the most energy-efficient of McDonald’s 85 Hawaii, Guam and Saipan restaurants, all of which are moving toward greater energy efficiency.

The light bulb exchange is part of the Hawaii Energy-funded Blue Planet Foundation “Big Island Bulb Blitz.” Bulb blitzes are community outreach events that will be taking place throughout Hawaii and Maui counties in support of Hawaii Energy’s “3 CFL Challenge” campaign, which encourages everyone to change three or more old-fashioned bulbs to energy-saving CFLs, and to tell three others to do the same.

CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last nearly ten times as long as traditional incandescent light bulbs. Hawaii Island households can save $161 in electricity cost over the lifetime of each incandescent bulb replaced with a CFL. In most homes, the most frequently used fixtures are the ones located in the kitchen, living room, bathroom and outside.

Hawaii Energy’s goal is to install 25,000 CFLs in local households, saving Hawaii Island residents more than $4.8 million in electricity costs over the bulbs’ lifetimes. This would also prevent 18 million pounds of carbon pollution. If every household on Hawaii Island took the 3 CFL Challenge, residents would save about $39.5 million over the lifetime of the bulbs.

For those that miss the grand opening event, a second bulb exchange will take place on March 31 at the Kona Commons McDonald’s from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information regarding Hawaii Energy, or energy efficiency rebates, visit To learn more about the Hawaii Energy-funded Blue Planet Foundation Big Island Bulb Blitz, please visit

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