Founded as a pilot program in 2008, our CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program has distributed approximately 1.3 million CFL bulbs to benefit more than 115,000 low-income households across 21 cities, including Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas; Lemont and Chicago, Ill.; Lake Charles and New Orleans, La.; Atlanta, Ga.; Boston, Mass.; Birmingham, Ala.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Jackson, Miss.; Little Rock, Ark.; Kissimmee, Fla.; Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; New York City, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa; and Washington, D.C.
CFL bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb and can last up to 10 times longer. It is estimated that over their lifetime, the CFL bulbs distributed through our program in 2012, will save approximately $18 million in energy costs, the equivalent of almost 185 million kilowatt hours; enough to provide electricity for nearly 17,000 households in one year.
According to figures from the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA, if every home in the U.S. replaced just one regular incandescent light bulb with a CFL, the country would save enough electricity to light more than 3 million homes for one year.