Libraries Promote Saving Money through Energy Efficiency

As energy costs increase, the amount of money that households need to budget for lighting, cooling, and heating creates pressure on other necessary expenses like rent, medicine, and food. The Dubuque County Energy District is finding ways to help families save money on energy bills while also reducing their carbon footprint, making our community more resilient and sustainable.

Mike Wright, director of the Dubuque County Library, gets ready to distribute LED bulbs to his patrons.

One of the easiest and cost-effective ways for families to see immediate savings on their energy bills is to replace old incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs with more efficient LEDs. The average household will save over $100 a year by switching to LEDs. LED bulbs also last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs, so they produce less waste going to the landfill.

To make it easier for households to make the transition to LEDs, the Energy District is partnering with the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque County Library, and Sustainable Dubuque to provide free LED bulbs at library branches throughout the county. “Libraries are centers for education for the entire county,” said Energy District Chair Dan Splinter. “People from all walks of life come through their doors, so they are the perfect places to provide information about the economic and environmental benefits of LED bulbs and energy efficiency.”

Households can each get one free LED bulb at the libraries, but families on fixed incomes who need more bulbs or information about making their homes more energy efficient should contact the Energy District directly. Each library also has information sheets about the benefits of switching to LEDs along with books about simple improvements people can make at home to save energy through weatherization, replacing inefficient appliances, and more.