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Free energy efficient light bulbs at Fall Home Show

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This weekend, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will donate 5,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs to people who bring in their incandescent bulbs as part of a month-long campaign encouraging people to make their homes use energy more efficiently.

The exchange will take place during The Union’s fifth annual Fall Home Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The free event features 160 vendors and is expected to draw 6,000 visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The show features local companies offering services for home improvement and


Representatives from PG&E will exchange the bulbs with the local nonprofit Clean Power Cooperative of Nevada County at a booth at the show.

“They’re really trying to get people in an aggressive way to switch over and reduce consumption,” said Marston Schultz, one of the organizers of the Clean Power Co-op.

Throughout the month of October, the power company will give away 1 million CFL bulbs as part of the company’s Energy Star Change a Light, Change the World campaign.

CFL bulbs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use one quarter of the energy ” costing less to light. And CFLs offer similar light quality.

The energy efficient bulbs produce far less carbon dioxide and other unhealthy greenhouse gases, according to PG&E officials.

“We really want to get those bulbs out of houses,” Shultz said. PG&E limits the exchange to one bulb per person.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@the or call 477-4231.

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