Progress Energy to offer free fluorescent light bulbs at fair

Posted October 14, 2008 6:32 p.m. EDT

— 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.