Residential lighting also has some money-saving opportunities.
A local environmental group is trying to expand its reach by giving every household in the U.P. a free, easy way to save energy.
In the last 2 years, the Superior Watershed Partnership has given out about 30,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs across the u–p.
Now, with help from the Michigan Public Service Commission, the goal is to triple the give away numbers.
The Peter White Library is the distribution point.
You can get the bulbs at the circulation desk, free of charge, anytime the library is open.
But the bulbs are going very quickly.
Pam Christensen of the library says the Watershed Partnership is asking families that receive the bulbs to contact them to say if they’re seeing any savings on their electric bills or not.
Compact flourescent bulbs not only use less energy than regular incandescent bulbs, but they also last about 10 times as long.