Low Watts Light Capitol

If you are an incandescent light bulb inside the Capitol building, your life span just got shorter. According to House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, the hot-watt bulbs are out and the energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs are in.

Romanoff said in his newsletter:

As for the legislative lighting, former Rep. Tom Plant — now director of the Governor’s Energy Office — recently saw a longtime pet project near completion.  The Capitol is being retrofitted with donated low-energy bulbs.

Gov. Bill Ritter had a hand in this, too, with an Executive Order to make state government greener:

State government will reduce energy consumption, increase the use of renewable energy sources, increase the energy efficiency and decrease the environmental impact of the state vehicle fleet, implement environmental purchasing standards and reduce waste and increase recycling.

Two solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the Tebo Visitors Center at the Carriage House at the governor’s residence are being installed, which will make Colorado one of the few states that generate on-site power through a PV system for its governor’s home.

If you would like to change the future one bulb at a time, there is a Colorado group called One Billion Bulbs that can assist you in your quest.