The SWP Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb ProgramThe SWP is distributing nearly 100,000 CFLs to households across the UP. As a part of this 3 year project funded by the Michigan Public Service Commission, the SWP is giving away free CFLs to households through churches, tribes, local units of government, and community service organizations.
The general public is encouraged to pick up their packet of 6 lightbulbs at the following municiple buildings. No registration necessary. More are being added every day, so check back often.
- City of Houghton, 616 Sheldon Ave.
- City of Hancock, 399 Quincy St.
- Village of Ontonagon, 315 Quartz St.
- City of Ironwood, 213 S. Marquette St.
- City of Iron River, 106 W. Genesee St.
- City of Iron Mountain, 501 S. Stephenson Ave.
- City of Kingsford, 305 S. Carpenter Ave.
- Delta County offices, 310 Ludington St.
- City of Menominee, 2511 10th St.
- City of Escanaba, 410 Ludington St.
- City of Gladstone, 1100 Delta Ave.
- Peter White Public Library, Marquette, 217 N. Front St.
- City of Manistique, 300 N. Maple
- Village of Newberry, 307 E. McMillan
As an example, if you install your bulbs on July 1, 2010, the SWP is asking that you send in your June 2010 and August 2010 electricity bills. This way we can record your wattage used before and after CFL installation.
Questions? Call us at 906-228-6095. Check out this video of the CFL distribution on Earth Day 2010 to Earth Keepers Churches UP-wide.
Why are we doing this?
The SWP is interested in learning just how much energy and money is saved by converting incandescents to CFLs. We know they use less energy, but how much can the average resident save by using CFLs?
How to dispose of old CFLs?
We know CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury. So what do you do with them once they burn out? The SWP recommends contact your local household hazardous waste dealer or the County offices. Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority accepts CFLs for disposal in their regular scheduled household hazardous waste collections. Click here for more resources on CFL disposal.
Click here for a listing of UP CFL Recycling site.
Click here for a Google Map of all the CFL recycling locations in Michigan.
Hear audio story on the CFL recycling program in Michigan at www.michigannow.org.
Recycling burned out CFLs is easy........
How do you deal with broken CFLS? Broken CFL Guidelines
Want to lessen your carbon footprint?
Check out the Earth Keepers 2008 Energy Checklist.