Gordon Beck, a member of the advisory board of A Climate to Thrive. Beck arranged for the bulk purchase of LED light bulbs that will be given away at several venues on Mount Desert Island. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

LED bulbs to be given away

BAR HARBOR — A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), the local group working to help Mount Desert Island achieve energy independence by 2030, has a new ‘bright idea.’ To get island residents thinking about energy efficiency in their own homes, the ACTT building efficiency committee will give away thousands of LEDs over the next two weekends to locals who vow to use them to replace incandescent bulbs.

“One of the easiest ways to start saving energy – which also means saving money – comes from replacing the older light bulbs in your house with LEDs,” said committee chair Ruth Poland.

Gordon Beck, a member of the ACTT advisory board, arranged for the bulk purchase. “We will be giving away six-packs of Sylvania 9-watt, Energy Star rated LED bulbs,” Gordon Beck said. “Equivalent to 60 watts, they’re ‘soft white’ (2700 K), dimmable, with a standard base. The bulbs have a life expectancy of 25,000 hours and are instant-on.

The free bulbs are to be installed in Maine state residences only, and may not be resold or taken out of state. This ACTT program is supported by Emera Maine and has been made feasible largely due to the LED rebates offered by Efficiency Maine.

Free LED bulb locations

March 25, at libraries

Bass Harbor, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jesup Memorial, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Northeast Harbor, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Southwest Harbor, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Health Fair, Bar Harbor Firehouse, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 26 Churches

Somesville Church Meeting Room, 12:15–3 p.m.

St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (also April 2)

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