Peekskill Rotary will distribute 5000 energy-efficient LED lightbulbs in exchange for the same number of obsolete incandescent bulbs. 500 local families will exchange 10 of their old lightbulbs in exchange for the 10 new ones. Our intended recipients are lower-income residents of Peekskill, NY. Distribution will be at food pantries and at central locations in town.
What needs have been identified? Studies show that the average household wastes money each year using obsolete incandescent lightbulbs, which also emit large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide emissions have been identified as a contributor to global warming, with a single incandescent bulb emitting 1000-2000 pounds of carbon dioxide during its lifespan. Peekskill is a small city of 23,000 people, with a poverty rate of 11.6%.
How will the project meet those needs? The lightbulbs will represent a savings to financially strapped persons, both in initial costs and in energy costs incurred during the lifespan of the bulb. Use of the bulbs will play a small - but meaningful - part in efforts to curtail carbon dioxide emissions and reduce global warning.
Timeline for the project: Distribution will be in the late autumn and winter months of 2021-2022.
Project funds will be used for purchase of LED lightbulbs.
Club members will be actively involved in the promotion of this project, in the set up of tables and distribution of light bulbs to local families. The club gained experience with distribution of both food and food vouchers during the 2020 pandemic, which will be helpful in facilitating this project.