Thurmond Dam saving electricity

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 www.DoTheLightSwitch.com or contact Park Ranger Jay Weidman at 1-800-533-3478, ext. 1172.

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