Colorado Springs Utilities Launches ENERGY STAR® Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Program at Military Bases

May 18, 2009

Colorado Springs Utilities officially launched its ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) Program at three military bases located in Colorado Springs. The partnership between the utility and the bases incorporates the utility’s Get the Green Back Program with the national OPERATION CHANGE OUT (OCO) Program, a joint project of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. The OCO project encourages every serviceman and woman to save energy by replacing their inefficient, incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs.

The Colorado project includes The Army/Air Force Exchange Service (AFFES), another OCO partner. The AFFES will offer a new rebate program on CFLs that are purchased through the local base AAFES store.  Field representatives from the utility will also perform in-store demonstrations and training sessions for military employees and consumers on the benefits of CFLs as well as other ENERGY STAR qualified appliances. 

AFFES is presently working with ENERGY STAR to identify other military installations and utilities nationwide in an effort to replicate this project. Learn more about ENERGY STAR OPERATION CHANGE OUT.

An ENERGY STAR qualified CFL will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about six months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.