Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Alice LaPierre, Office of Energy and Sustainability, (510) 981-5435

FREE LIGHTING AND LEAD PAINTED TOY RECALL EVENTS
Get energy-efficient lighting for lower bills, and get rid of any unsafe toys, jewelry and lunchboxes

Berkeley, California (Thursday, September 27, 2007) - Berkeley residents can get free energy-efficient light bulbs courtesy of Pacific Gas & Electric at three events hosted by the City of Berkeley.

Wednesday, October 3rd
10 a.m. --2 p.m.
Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
Wednesday, October 3rd
5-6:30 p.m.
Francis Albrier Community Center

Saturday, October 6th
9 a.m. --- 12 Noon
Eighth Street Fire Station, between Dwight and Channing   Note: This event will also host a Lead Painted Toy & Jewelry Recall collection. Bring all toys, jewelry, or lunchboxes suspected of containing lead for proper disposal.

Thirteen-watt energy efficient lamps will be available, one per person at each event.  These lamps are equivalent to a 60-watt light, and are a warm white color (2700K), suitable for installation in living rooms, bedrooms, or as accent lighting such as for wall sconces and table lamps.

You do not need to be a Berkeley resident to receive a free lamp.  One lamp per person, not per household. PG&E requests that you sign their energy efficiency form when you receive your lamp.

California Youth Energy Services, a program of Rising Sun Energy Center, will be handing out information on their free services and programs, including free energy efficient lamps, showerheads and aerators.

PG&E has rebates available for other energy-saving products, including permanent ones such as attic and wall insulation, which will make your home warmer and less drafty in winter, and cooler in summer.  Visit their website for complete rebate information.

There are also tax credits available for many energy-efficient home improvements, up to $500 off the taxes you owe for installing these products before December 31, 2007. Visit the IRS website and do a search for "energy tax credits."

For more information on these events or energy efficiency measures, contact Alice La Pierre, 981-5435 or visit the City's website at www.CityofBerkeley.info/sustainable.

For information on toys and other items that have been recalled, visit the City's website on lead recalls at www.CityofBerkeley.info/publichealth/leadpoisoning/lead.html.

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