Thurmond Dam saving electricity

Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:48 PM
Last updated 1:56 PM
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A project widely known for making electricity took a series of steps today to conserve more of it.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to save almost $50,000 over the extended life of 664 new compact fluorescent light bulbs that will be installed at the Thurmond Lake power plant and related buildings.

The bulbs were donated by Central Electric Power Cooperative as part of the “Do the Light Switch” project sponsored by electric cooperatives across South Carolina.

“We think this is very timely with the increased focus on the greening of government,” said chief recreation Ranger Ken Boyd of the Thurmond Lake project.

The Thurmond project will use the new bulbs to replace standard incandescent bulbs in corps recreation areas around the lake. The compact fluorescent bulbs, with their long life and lower energy consumption, will also be used in the dam’s Power Plant, replacing incandescent bulbs in many areas of the dam.

Mike Johnson, a contractor for the corps, led the effort to supply the bulbs to the dam and lake areas. Central Electric supplies power to South Carolina’s 20 independent electric cooperatives.

The compact fluorescent bulbs can provide the same amount of light as standard incandescent bulbs, but they use 75 percent less energy, helping to lower electric bills. They also last up to ten times longer.

For more information on the program, visit or contact Park Ranger Jay Weidman at 1-800-533-3478, ext. 1172.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/07/09 - 02:30 pm
And when you drop one or

And when you drop one or throw it in the garbage can to be crushed in the landfill, these compact fluorescent light bulbs emit deadly mercury vapor into the atmosphere.

GuyIncognito 05/07/09 - 03:14 pm
Yeah, but CFLs save

Yeah, but CFLs save electricity, which is generally made by burning coal, which also puts mercury in the air. Coal-fired power generation accounts for roughly 40% of the mercury emissions in the U.S. A CFL uses 75% less power than a traditional bulb and lasts 14 times longer.
But if you are really worried about the mercury, recycle it. visit or

vanocain 05/08/09 - 09:34 am
You can recycle them at most

You can recycle them at most electric cooperatives in S.C. and at any Home Depot.
The mercury in a traditional tube fluorescent, like the ones in office buildings, is 4 times the amount of mercury in a CFL.

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