Progress Energy to offer free fluorescent light bulbs at fair

Posted October 14, 2008

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— Progress Energy Carolinas is giving away 11,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to North Carolina State Fair attendees this year. 

As part of its energy-efficiency education program, the company is urging consumers to take a Energy Star Change a Light pledge and commit to replacing at least one of the incandescent bulbs in their home with an energy-saving CFL bulb.

Progress Energy will distribute 1,000 bulbs per day to the first 1,000 fairgoers who visit the company’s exhibit, located in the Green N.C. Pavilion near Gate 11.

“Replacing a standard light bulb with a compact fluorescent is a simple act, but it is a great first step in helping to change the way North Carolinians use energy,” said Lloyd Yates, president and CEO of Progress Energy Carolinas. “Energy efficiency is a vital component of a balanced solution to meet the energy demands of our communities.”

The fair runs from Oct. 16-26.


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  • Dr DatacIerk Oct 15, 2008

    mmm... mercury tastes good...

  • john283594 Oct 15, 2008

    I see broken glass everywhere...I hope they have good packaging for these bulbs...

  • thefensk Oct 15, 2008

    Yeah, was wondering about that as well. Coupons would be a much better thing to give out. I'm not too sold on this whole CFL bandwagon yet ... still worry about the mercury impact in the future. There are emerging technologies that use even less power and might prove to be a safer environmental bet. Saving energy is one thing, potential mercury contamination is something else entirely.

  • LMRA Oct 15, 2008

    I'm wondering if this is a 'safe' idea. I understand the bulbs must be disposed of properly (not just tossed in the trash) and I'm thinking a broken light bulb makes a WONDERFUL weapon. They will be dropped or crushed on rides and there will be broken glass all over the fairgrounds.

    Sort of like having $1 hot dogs and beer night AND college night on the same night at the DBAP . . . I'm not sure the 2 mix well.