Bulb giveaway at library illuminates energy options

By Traci Chapman/Staff Writer
published Dec. 27, 2007

An anonymous donor is making it easier for Mustang residents to make and keep a New Year’s resolution to help the planet.

Friends of the Mustang Public Library is sponsoring the gift, which totals almost $18,000, in order for the donor to remain anonymous, president Carolyn Klepper said.

“She is a Mustang resident, but she does not want to be named or recognized,” she said. “She just wants to be part of helping Mustang become more energy efficient.”

The donation is broken down into two amounts, of which $17,000 will be used to purchase compact fluorescent light bulbs. Bulbs will be distributed to every adult library member who presents a library card, Director Desiree Webber said. A drawing will also be held in which five to 10 Mustang households will have their entire house outfitted with energy-saving CFLs.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if every American home replaced just one regular light bulb with a CFL, the United States would save enough power to light more than 3 million homes for one year, prevent greenhouse gases equal to the emissions of more than 800,000 automobiles and save more than $600 million in energy costs annually.

Webber said the library hopes the donation will help educate residents — both adults and children alike — about the importance of conservation.

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