Help Light New Jersey - Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

In 2009 Mayor Daniel J. Reiman joined with "Help Light New Jersey" in encouraging residents to help save the environment by promoting and distributing free light bulbs. The Borough partnered with “Help Light New Jersey” to provide Energy Star qualified light bulbs to Carteret homeowners.

Nearly 2,000 boxes of 6 energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL’s) were supplied to Carteret by the New Jersey-based organization, through the N.J. Clean Energy program. There was no cost for participating, according to Mayor Reiman. Local homeowners were only be asked to fill out a form expressing their commitment to ‘green’ standards, and their interest in future energy-saving programs.

The volunteer organization “Help Light N.J.,” the 2009 Energy Star award-winner, raised money throughout the year to purchase and distribute 60,000 CFL bulbs to New Jersey families and seniors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have honored Help Light NJ with the 2009 Regional ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing.

Help Light NJ, was founded by three New Jersey high school students, and by 2009 provided 10,000 families with six CFLs each, for a total estimated energy cost savings of $4 million.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, one Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will save about $200 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75% less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.

Each pack of 6 light bulbs contained:

(1) 3-way CFL
(1) A shaped CFL
(2) 15 W Spiral CFL
(2) 23W Spiral CFL

Mayor Reiman stated that this was one of many “green” programs his administration has implemented to promote cost-saving measures and environmentally-friendly enhancements throughout the Borough. In 2008 the Borough received $8,000 in rebates through New Jersey’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program for converting 2 of its service vehicles to hybrids. That year, the Borough also announced that it had been awarded $33,168 by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities (B.P.U.) to perform energy-efficiency audits of municipal buildings. Mayor Reiman has also announced that the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center has had over $500,000 in “green” elements implemented within its design.

Mayor Reiman was joined by a representative from Help Light NJ to launch the program, at the Carteret Ethnic Day Festival at Carteret Park. A Q&A and informational material was offered, and approximately 6,000 CFL light bulbs were distributed to Carteret residents.

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