City plans light bulb swap at Duck Race May 3


On Sunday, May 3, the City of Bristol will host a free light bulb swap for residents. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Pequabuck River Duck Race, Central Street, Downtown Forestville.

Bristol residents, with identification, may bring up to three incandescent light bulbs in any condition and exchange them for new, energy efficient LED bulbs free of charge.

In addition to the light bulb swap, representatives from Eversource and Energize Connecticut will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information about further actions residents can take to save money by making their homes more energy efficient.

Additional LED energy saving products such as holiday lights, night lights and specialty bulbs will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.

“The City of Bristol is excited to have earned its first Bright Idea Grant and to use that grant to give residents a way to cut energy costs at home. These LEDs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs,” said Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne in a press release. “Community participation is critical to helping our city reach its energy goals. The support and enthusiasm our residents and energy committee have shown so far is inspiring.”

In 2012, the city signed the Energize Connecticut Clean Energy Communities pledge to reduce municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent, attain 20 percent of municipal electricity needs from renewable sources, and take other actions to support the deployment of clean energy by 2018.

Through the Clean Energy Communities program, residents and businesses that use Energize Connecticut energy efficiency programs helped the community earn a $15,000 Bright Idea Grant. Grants may be used toward a community-selected energy saving project, such as this light bulb swap.

Bristol earned its first $15,000 Bright Idea Grant through high resident participation in Home Energy Solutions, an in-home service featuring Eversource-authorized energy specialists who perform a thorough energy assessment, make on-the-spot energy improvements including air sealing and lighting upgrades, and provides a comprehensive report detailing additional saving opportunities.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Energy Consumption has coordinated the use of the Bright Idea Grant for the May 3 light bulb swap. More information can be found on the city’s website at

Residents and businesses looking to save energy and money can visit or call 1-877.WISE.USE (877-947-3873).