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Project Porchlight: 1,000 LEDs for Monroe County

September 22, 2016

For more information, please contact: City of Bloomington Economic & Sustainable Development Specialist Jackie Duemler,, 812.349.3558

Project Porchlight: 1,000 LEDs for Monroe County

Bloomington, Ind. - The Monroe County Energy Challenge (MCEC) is launching a new program aimed at improving energy efficiency in Monroe County.

During the month of October, MCEC will distribute 1,000 free LED light bulbs through Project Porchlight, an initiative designed to encourage local residents to implement energy-saving practices and technologies in their homes.

The initiative focuses on porch lights because they often indicate the overall efficiency of the home. If a home is wasting energy on the front porch by leaving the light on 24 hours a day or having old, inefficient incandescent bulbs, it's likely a similar story inside the house.

MCEC will be doing door-to-door outreach and hosting a variety of energy fairs and events at neighborhood parks and local hardware stores to distribute the LED light bulbs throughout the county. Come visit any of the following events and receive a free LED bulb, learn how to weatherize your home, sign up for a free home energy assessment, pedal our energy bikes and have fun!

· Saturday, October 1, 11am-2pm: Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park (812 W. 9th St.)

· Saturday, October 8, 11am-2pm: Bloomington Hardware (2700 E. Covenanter Dr.)

· Saturday, October 15, 10:30am-1pm: Black Lumber (1710 S. Henderson St.)
· Sunday, October 16, 10:30am-1pm: Ellettsville True Value (4610 W. Richland Plaza Dr.)

Monroe County is one of 50 communities competing for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. The Georgetown University Energy Prize is a nationwide, two-year energy savings competition focused on reducing natural gas and electricity use in residences, municipal buildings, and K-12 schools.

To find out more about the Monroe County Energy Challenge, free home assessments, or to volunteer with Project Porchlight, visit or call 812.349.3558.