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Locals may receive up to 16 LED bulbs and water-saving fixtures for free, beginning April 24.

From April 24 to May 24, residents in Madras will be able to have up to 16 LED bulbs and water-saving water fixtures installed for free.

The Energy Challenge of Central Oregon is expanding its popular LED installation program and starting immediately; residents can sign up and schedule an appointment.

LED bulbs use about 80 percent less energy than a regular incandescent bulb and are an easy way for both homeowners and renters to save money. And the LED bulbs can last more than 20 years.

"What a great idea for people who don't really know about the savings with LED light bulbs!" said Central Oregon resident Cassandra McElroy, who recently had LED bulbs installed in her home.

Since its implementation in 2015, the LED Program has installed 60,000 energy-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs in more than 4,400 Central Oregon homes. The current energy savings translates to an accumulation of more than $10 million in savings for Central Oregonians over the next 20 years.

"We hope this illustrates that even your smallest actions add up to something much bigger than yourself," said Neil Baunsgard, project manager for Energy Challenge. "When you're making changes to save energy, however small, you're both saving money and you are truly are making a difference."

In addition to the light bulbs, the program has installed more than 1,800 high-efficiency showerheads and showerwands, which contribute to another huge increase in energy savings and ease the impact on septic systems.

The Energy Challenge also provides information on energy-saving features, such as ductless heat pumps, solar panels and heat pump water heaters.

Installations will now be available to residents of Madras and Prineville and the program will continue to serve Bend, Tumalo, and Redmond.

Sign up or find more information at www.TheEnergyChallenge.org/FreeBulbs.

The program is made possible through a partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon and Central Electric Co-op.

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