HONOLULU - The Blue Planet Foundation has launched a two-month "Maui Bulb Blitz" aimed at working with island community groups to swap out inefficient incandescent light bulbs in exchange for energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, the foundation announced.
Nonprofit groups have until March 30 to sign up for the program in which Blue Planet pays groups 50 cents for each bulb swapped. A representative from each group will be required to attend an orientation.
Each qualifying group will receive up to 1,000 free CFL light bulbs at a time. The groups will determine how to conduct light bulb exchanges.
Interested groups may call (808) 954-6161 for more information.
The foundation's goal is to replace 40,000 inefficient light bulbs. The program also is offered as a service to help residents learn about energy efficiency and to reduce household energy consumption.
CFL bulbs are 75 percent more efficient than old-style incandescent bulbs. By replacing 40,000 old bulbs, Maui residents will save $5.8 million in energy costs over the bulbs' lifetime and prevent 30 million pounds of carbon pollution.