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Lightbulb swap at Eagle County Fair & Rodeo aims to reduce carbon emissions

Contact: Kim Schlaepfer,  Climate Action Collaborative Project Manager, 303-842-2423, kims@walkingmountains.org or John Gitchell, Eagle County Environmental Manager, 970-328-8766, john.gitchell@eaglecounty.us

July 26, 2018 – Attendees of the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo are invited to a light bulb swap from July 26 to 28 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Simply by bringing two inefficient, old-tech lightbulbs to the Encore Electric tent, Fair & Rodeo guests will receive two free LED bulbs in exchange. The program is sponsored by Encore Electric with Eagle County Government and other members of the Climate Action Collaborative.

The swap will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27 and from noon until 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Rodeo attendees may exchange used incandescent bulbs or compact florescent lights for the LED bulbs. 

“Swapping out two old light bulbs with LEDs may be the easiest and most cost effective way to reduce air pollution in our community,” said John Gitchell, Environmental Manager with Eagle County Government. “We are pleased to be a part of the team to help Eagle County residents collaborate in this effort.” 

The LED lightbulbs produce a warm white light and are dimmable, so they are ideal for living room lamps and kitchens. Replacing two LED bulbs saves $16 per year on electric bills and cuts 230 pounds of air pollution.

“Encore Electric has been a supporter of the Climate Action Collaborative and an active community partner in Eagle County for 15 years,” said Liz Bankert, Encore Electric project accountant and Actively Green advocate. “We work every day to assist our customers in with power, technology and energy issues, and this is a way for us to help demonstrate a way for fellow Eagle County residents to cut energy costs and climate pollution.” 

Contact Kim Schlaepfer at 303-842-2423 or at kims@walkingmountains.org for more information.