Huzzah! The city of Chicago announced on March 13 that it will be giving away 500,000 energy-efficient light bulbs. This marks the launch of the Smart Bulb Program. Beginning in April, bulbs will be provided in locations throughout the city, including the Chicago’s Department of Environment and aldermen’s offices.
During its lifetime, one bulb can save as much as $30, and mass use of such illuminators can take stress off the Northeastern Illinois electric grid.
Officials from the Northern Illinois Energy Project say they will be giving away another 500,000 light bulbs in suburban Cook County.
Don't forget to bring your old compact fluorescent bulbs to the Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Center for recycling!
Whew! I just called 311 where a nice woman informed me that light bulbs are available right now at 30 N. LaSalle (City Hall) and 445 N. Sacramento (Center for Green Technology). On March 22nd, they will be available at your local alderman’s office.
To Marilyn’s comment—the Chicago operator only knew that these were fluorescent bulbs, but full spectrum compact fluorescent spiral bulbs have been known to assuage eye fatigue and even combat seasonal affective disorder (seasonal affective disorder). Also, fluorescent bulbs outlast up to 13 incandescent or halogen bulbs. Pick up a free bulb and try out for yourself. You can’t lose with free…unless someone was giving away guinea worms. That’s a lose/lose right there.