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Blue Planet’s CFL fundraisers yield 87,500 bulbs exchanged


Over the last several months, school and community groups from Maui, Hawaii Island and Leeward Oahu have helped to replace mo re than 85,000 incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient CFLs.

A CFL uses about 75 percent less electricity than a conventional bulb; on Hawaii Island, where the cost of electricity is $0.43 per kilowatt hour, that translates into a lifetime savings of $160 per bulb.

Together, the bulbs exchanged in these three regional “Better Bulb Blitzes” will yield a lifetime savings of $13.6 million.

The bulbs, provided by Blue Planet at no cost, were swapped by 80 schools, service organizations, social clubs, athletic teams, churches, and other community groups.

The bulb exchanges doubled as fundraisers for the participating groups, which received a reward of $0.40 or $0.50 for each incandescent bulb they collected.

Each group also received an orientation to the benefits of energy efficiency and home energy savings materials to distribute to their community.

Area residents were able to trade in their old bulbs for CFLs at designated Bulb Blitz events, some of which were hosted at local retail stores like Tamura Super Market and KTA Supermarkets. Those who brought 10 or more were entered in a prize raffle.

Congratulations go out to Felinar and Tyler Guillermo, who picked up a high-performance Giant bicycle from McCully Bicycle, and Andrew Kiliona, who won an iPad2.

Blue Planet would like to give special recognition to the groups that exchanged the most bulbs: Waiakea Pirates softball team on Hawaii Island (7,000 bulbs), Civil Air Patrol- Kihei Squadron on Maui (4,250 bulbs), and Ka Waihona o Ka Naauao Charter School (3,060 bulbs) in Waianae.

The CFL fundraisers were made possible through the generous support of our partners: Hawaii Energy, the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, Island Movers, GE, and McCully Bicycle.

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