VNA Homecare, in partnership with West Onondaga Street Alliance, EarthWorks Skaneateles and local nursing students, will be lighting up the neighborhood this Saturday, April 22 with an Earth Day Light Bulb Exchange.
Volunteers will be knocking on doors in neighborhoods west of downtown Syracuse (within ZIP codes 13202,13204 and 13207) between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., asking community members to turn in their old incandescent light bulbs in exchange for free, 60-watt energy-efficient LED replacements. Bulbs can also be exchanged at Onondaga Commons, 484 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse (across from Family Dollar).
According to President and CEO Kate Rolf, the event will allow the system to creatively address the socioeconomic challenges faced by many of its patients.
“This event will benefit some our most financially challenged patients, who are often faced with the decision to choose between purchasing medications, food, electricity and medical care – decisions no one, especially the elderly and disabled, should have to make.”
LED lighting is up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting, with the average LED bulb lasting up to 50,000 hours. By lowering energy use, each LED bulb is estimated to save households an average of $3.85 per year. LED bulbs also draw much less power than traditional lighting; a typical 84-watt fluorescent can be replaced by a 36-watt LED to give the same level of light. Less energy use reduces the demand from power plants and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.
Individuals seeking more information about this initiative should contact Ken Stack, Associate Director of Patient Services, at 315.876.3547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.