Driven by our philosophy to fuel good in the communities we serve and by our commitment to environmental stewardship, the CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting program provides free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to help low income families save on energy costs while contributing to the protection of the environment.
Our 2011 program will distribute nearly half-a-million CFL bulbs to approximately 42,000 qualifying families across 17 U.S. cities, including: Houston, TX; Corpus Christi, TX; Lake Charles, LA; Lemont, IL; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Jackson, MS; Knoxville, TN; Little Rock, AR; Milwaukee, WI; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Miami, FL; Spartanburg, SC; and Washington, DC.
CFL bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb and can last up to 10 times longer. Because CFL bulbs save energy, power plants pump less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – which results in cleaner air for our communities.
It is estimated that over their lifetime, the CFL bulbs distributed through our program will save approximately $30 million in electricity costs, almost 225 million kilowatt hours and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 345 million pounds, the equivalent to removing more than 28,000 cars off the road.