City of LA to Distribute Free CFLs to Every Household; Projected Savings of 240 GWh and 131,000 Tonnes CO2
The City of Los Angeles, California is launching a citywide program to distribute free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to every household in Los Angeles as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the City’s carbon footprint. The free light bulb program is projected to save up to 240 GWh of energy and 131,000 metric tons of CO2 each year—the equivalent of taking approximately 24,000 cars off the road or enough energy to power 40,000 homes for a year.
Through LADWP-sponsored teams, the City will deliver bags containing two free CFLs and energy-saving tips to the door of each of the 1.2 million households in Los Angeles. Distribution of the majority of the 2.4 million CFLs will take place within the next 12 weeks, with a follow-up phase targeting multi-family units and hard-to-access single-family units.
The LADWP CFL replacement program is projected to save $61.3 million in fuel costs for generating electricity and will save Angelenos $100 per household on energy bills over the lifetime of the bulbs. Replacing two traditional incandescent light bulbs with CFLs will avoid the burning of 800 pounds of coal and its associated emissions.
On 15 May 2007, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled GREEN LA - An Action Plan to Lead the Nation in Fighting Global Warming. GREEN LA sets Los Angeles on a course to reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions 35% below 1990 levels by 2030, going beyond the targets of the Kyoto Protocol and representing the most ambitious goal of any large US city. The cornerstone of GREEN LA is increasing the City’s use of renewable energy to 35% by 2020.
LADWP is mindful of the proper handling of CFL bulbs and is setting up CFL disposal recycling bins in all of its Customer Service Centers.