EVENT ADVISORY: 'Neighbor to Neighbor Lighting' Set to Launch on Feb. 3 at ECSU

Author of "Green Lighting" Will Discuss How Energy Efficient Lighting Can Lower Energy Bills and Reduce Carbon Footprints at Launch of Free Community Lighting Program

WETHERSFIELD, Conn., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Thursday, Feb. 3, marks the launch of Neighbor to Neighbor Lighting, a free program that will help Connecticut homeowners save on their electricity bills by switching to energy efficient light bulbs.

Neighbor to Neighbor Lighting is part of the larger Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge. It will launch this Thursday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Eastern Connecticut State University. The event will feature Seth Leitman, co-author of the book "Green Lighting," who will discuss the importance of energy efficiency. More information about the program is available at www.ctenergychallenge.com/lighting

The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is a community energy savings program made possible by a $4.17 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Over three years, it will engage residents in 14 towns, helping them reduce their energy use by 20 percent. Neighbor to Neighbor Lighting is a free and simple first step for homeowners who want to save money and reduce their energy consumption.

Lighting accounts for 10 to 15 percent of electricity consumption in an average home, adding up to between $200 and $300 over the course of a year. Switching to energy efficient bulbs can save families at least $100 per year. Neighbor to Neighbor Lighting will provide free lighting consultations and energy efficient light bulb replacements to participating households.

The program is available for a limited time: only the first 2,000 eligible households in Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge towns will be able to participate. One of the first 250 households to sign up for Neighbor to Neighbor Lighting will be selected to receive a personal consultation from Leitman and the Neighbor to Neighbor Clean Energy Corps.

The Clean Energy Corps, a team of 10 recent college graduates working with Connecticut residents to reduce their energy waste, recently received residential lighting certificates from the Lighting Research Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

For logos, event photograph requests, or more information about Neighbor to Neighbor Lighting and the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, please contact Nick Wertsch at (314) 662-2730 or nwertsch@smartpower.org.

SOURCE Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge


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