As part of the Columbus Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program (E3P), residential customers of Columbus Water & Light (CWL) can receive a free, ENERGY STAR fluorescent floor lamp when they bring in their 250 Watt or greater quartz torchiere floor lamp for an exchange.
The Greater Columbus Energy Commission (GCEC) reviewed its efforts at the end of 2013. By comparing the average electricity use of all the city’s facilities during 2007 to 2009 to the annual averages of 2011 to 2013, the savings achieved was more than 400,000 kWh per year. This is a 19% reduction in electricity use, well ahead of Columbus’ goal of achieving a 25% reduction by 2025.
What is 400,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity?
• It is the annual energy savings achieved by the City of Columbus over the past three years as a result of the city’s energy sustainability commitment.
• It is the same amount of electricity that would be needed to power 40 average Columbus homes for a year, at a cost of about $46,000.
• It takes about 200 tons of coal (two railroad cars full) to generate at the Columbia Power Plant.
• It is like planting more than 60 acres (about nine city blocks) of trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the air.