ATLANTIC CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY RECEIVES 7,700 CFL BULBS FROM HELPLIGHTNJ
HelpLightNJ has donated 7,700 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) to the Atlantic City Housing Authority for distribution to public housing and rental assistance residents.
At a presentation to housing residents on Monday, December 29, 2008, students of MaterDei High School explained the benefits and uses of CFL’s and the history of HelpLightNJ to the Housing Authority‘s resident leaders. Matt Erickson of HelpLightNJ coordinated the event.
The students are part of HelpLightNJ, a group launched, organized, and run by New Jersey high school students who believe in helping others and the environment. They distribute ENERGY STAR qualified CFL’s to senior centers, needy families at food pantries, and social service organizations. These bulbs will save residents over $264,000 in electricity costs over their life. The distribution at the Atlantic City Housing Authority is being coordinated by Rosalyn Wooding of the Housing Authority.
Led and funded by New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, the Green New Jersey Resource Team gives grassroots groups across the state the necessary resources to distribute ENERGY STAR qualified CFL’s and to educate New Jersey residents on how to save energy, money and help protect the environment with energy efficient lighting.
During the month of January, the Atlantic City Housing Authority will arrange for distribution to the public housing and Section 8 residents explained Dennis M. Ricci, Housing Authority Executive Director. Ricci said “We are very grateful for the assistance HelpLight NJ has given to our residents”.
CFL’s use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, last up to 10 times longer and can help residents save approximately $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. This distribution to the Atlantic City Housing Authority alone will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in electric costs. By upgrading nearly half a million incandescent bulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified CFL’s, the Green New Jersey Resource Team has the potential to help participating residents collectively save about $12 million on their electric bills and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 330 million pounds over the life of the bulbs. The carbon reduction is the equivalent to removing 28,846 cars from the road for one year.
For more information about HelpLightNJ, please visit www.helplightnj.com. or contCT Dennis M. Ricci, Executive Director, Atlantic City Housing Authority at (609) 344-1107.