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For Immediate Release Press Contacts: Candice Tang 805/687-3322

SCEEP Teaches Community about Energy Efficiency at Earth Day

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Giveaway and Hourly Light Emitting Diode Giveaway at SCEEP booth # 442!

Santa Barbara, CA, April 5, 2011 –The South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP) is participating in the Community Environmental Council’s 2011 Earth Day Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara.  SCEEP will be giving away a free Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL)± bulb to customers of Southern California Edison and holding an hourly Light Emitting Diode (LED)± bulb opportunity giveaway at booth #442 while supplies last.

At the SCEEP booth, Southern California Gas Company customers can sign up to receive a free energy conservation kit in the mail and volunteers will demonstrate and compare how much energy it takes to power incandescent light bulbs versus energy-saving CFLs and LEDs utilizing a special hand crank demonstration device.

At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Congressional, County and City government leaders will be at the SCEEP booth to participate in the giveaways and talk to the community about energy efficiency and ways that we can work together to make good choices that benefit the environment. Media representatives are encouraged to attend this exciting and informative community event.

SCEEP will also be participating in the Earth Day Passport program for children.  Children can pick up ‘passports’ in Alameda Park, then travel to booths around the festival, learning about solar power, wind energy, energy efficiency at SCEEP’s booth and more.  After each visit, the booth will stamp the children’s ‘passport.’  Once the children have their passports stamped by all of the participating booths, they will receive a free gift that promotes energy efficiency and green practices.

Throughout the Earth Day Festival, SCEEP will give out information on energy efficiency for residents and businesses.  SCEEP will also be promoting a special Refrigerator Exchange Pickup taking place on June 4, 2011.  Qualifying customers of Southern California Edison can sign up to have their old, working refrigerator picked up and recycled for free and receive a $50 rebate.

About SCEEP

SCEEP is a partnership of Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara, and the County of Santa Barbara.  SCEEP seeks to make Santa Barbara’s South County a progressive leader in energy efficiency.  Through local outreach events and educational resources, SCEEP provides real solutions to reducing energy use in homes and businesses.  Visit www.sceep.org for more information and to learn about how you can save energy, save money, and help protect the environment.

Programs funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison and/or Southern California Gas Co. under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

± SCEEP Glossary

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL): A CFL is a type of fluorescent lamp that can be used in regular light sockets but require significantly less energy than traditional technologies such as incandescent bulbs.  CFLs last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs and use up to 75% less energy. 

Light Emitting Diode (LED): An LED light bulb uses solid-state lighting as the source of light, which means that the light comes from a semi-conductor material instead of filaments or gases. LEDs Uses at least 75 percent less energy and lasts at least 15 times longer than an incandescent bulb.

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