In late 2015, the Thetford Energy Committee received a charitable donation from a group in town to purchase 500 high-quality, energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs to give away for free to needy town residents. For now, we have decided to limit the LEDs to 5 per household and are working with the local food shelf, churches and Thetford Elder Network, a town organization providing assistance to older residents, to distribute the bulbs.
Lighting the Way
We established income guidelines to receive the free LEDs based on those of Capstone Community Action (the community action agency that provides free services to needy families in this region), but are allowing families to decide whether they qualify without needing to provide any proof of income to receive their free LEDs.
The 500 LEDs we are distributing use 10 watts each to provide the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent and over their 25,000 life expectancy if they are replacing comparable incandescents, they should save about 625,000 kWh in electric use, $93,750 in spending on electric bills, and more than 100 tons of CO2 emissions from reaching the atmosphere from reduced electric usage.