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Smart Globes delivered with Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels recipients throughout Latrobe will be saving energy and reducing their electricity costs, following the recent distribution of energy smart light globes, in addition to the usual hot meal, by Latrobe’s Meals on Wheels volunteers.

By Latrobe City Council - 16th October 2001 - Back to News

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Meals on Wheels recipients throughout Latrobe will be saving energy and reducing their electricity costs, following the recent distribution of energy smart light globes, in addition to the usual hot meal, by Latrobe’s Meals on Wheels volunteers.

The 400 energy smart globes were donated by the Sustainable Energy Authority to promote ways of saving on energy use. Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins said Council had readily embraced the promotion and organised for Meals on Wheels and ADASS clients to receive the free globes.

"Together with the Sustainable Energy Authority, we encouraged those receiving the free globes to use them in the home so that they can help the environment as well as reduce their electricity bills," Cr Jenkins said.

A spokesperson for the Sustainable Energy Authority, John Hutchinson, said that by replacing incandescent globes with compact fluorescents, the average household could save $100 a year on lighting costs.

"Compact fluorescent lights use around 80% less energy than conventional incandescent globes. Additionally, they last up to six times as long as conventional globes, so even though they cost more initially, the cost benefits are returned over a few years, and the greenhouse benefits begin immediately," Mr Hutchinson said.

"The light produced is a warm coloured light suitable for kitchens, family rooms and security lighting. It is particularly suitable where lights remain switched on for long periods of time," Mr Hutchinson added.

Councillor Tony Zimora, said that a number of Meals on Wheels and ADASS recipients receiving the energy smart globes had responded favourably to the gift. Several commented that they had been tempted to purchase them in the past but were concerned at the higher initial cost. "When you are on a pension, every cent counts, so our service recipients were considered a good network to distribute the free globes to," Cr Zimora said.

"On a larger scale, residents of Latrobe City spend over $4million a year on lighting costs. Think of the savings that could be made financially if we all reduced our energy lighting. The benefits for the environment would be massive as well," Cr Zimora added.

Further information on reducing energy lighting costs, energy efficiency and renewable energy, is available from the Gippsland Energy Smart Advisory Centre at 33 Breed Street, Traralgon, telephone 1300 363 744.


Source: www.gippsland.com

Published by: latrobecity@gippslander.com



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