Catch Savings In Preston

Catch Savings In Preston

April 20, 2009

Things got a little greener this earth day in Preston as Preston Public Utilities and their customers kicked off the next phase of their Catch Savings in Preston project. Many, including staff from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security,  area legislators, and representatives from Senator Klobuchar's and Congressman Walz's office, attended the gathering April 20, 2009 at Dean and Tracey Aug's home to kickoff the distribution of the 11,600 free CFLs during Earth week.

Back in January, customers were asked to inventory the lighting in their homes.  The initiative was designed to encourage residents to change out as many incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient CFLs as possible.  After the celebration kickoff, based on customers completed inventory forms, housholds received up to 50 free CFLs to install in their homes.  We estimate that the savings from the 11,600 CFLs will save approximately 385,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.  Looked at another way, collectively, these CFLs could save enough energy to power about 50 average Preston households annually.

Those energy savings also mean significant environmental benefits with annual carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions of 270 tons, that's equivalent to the environmental benefit of planting 100 acres of trees annually.  Lifetime CO2 reductions are 3,000 tons or the equivalent of planting 1,200 acres of trees.