Lightbulbs reduce our carbon footprint

“Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly.” Leviticus 24:2

The Israelites used the purest olive oil to ensure their temple lamps burned vigil throughout the night. Mayflower is embarking on a modern day version of efficient lighting: LED’s. In this first week of March (2017), Mayflower is installing more than 750 LED lights. Why? LED lights have many benefits over conventional lights. They have much longer life, estimated at more than 20 times that of conventional bulbs, increasing reliability and reducing maintenance costs. They don’t dim or lose their brightness over their lifetime. They don’t contain mercury, lead or other problematic disposable hazards. They are instantly “on,” as they don’t have to warm up compared to other lights. Their “daylight” appearance is also considered more aesthetically pleasing. And they require a fraction of the energy of a conventional bulb. (include pic Thor sent)

The drawback to LEDs: their expense. It will cost over $20,000 for the lights and installation at Mayflower. But through a unique program with Xcel, Mayflower receives a rebate from Xcel, and pays the remaining cost through Mayflower’s energy savings. Xcel estimates Mayflower’s LED’s will pay for themselves in about four years. And thereafter, Xcel estimates Mayflower will save $3,000 to $4,000 annually in energy savings! The benefits don’t end there: it should reduce Mayflower’s carbon footprint by more than three tons per year!