Light bulb Giveaway

Free lights still available

Jazmine Glover was among the first students Monday to receive a green light at Mt. San Jacinto College.

MSJC handed out free compact fluorescent lamps, which can help reduce global warming and save users money on their utility bills. The first 500 students who visited the information booths set up at the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses received the bulbs.

“It looks cool and if it saves money, woo hoo,” said Glover, 18, a San Jacinto resident and a second-year MSJC student.

Southern California Edison sponsored the CFL LightBulb Give-Away offered by the California Community Colleges Partnership Program. Edison provided 29 community college campuses with 100,000 CFLs.

The bulbs can be screwed into a regular light socket, use up to 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, according to Edison.

Edison estimates that if every household in the state replaced five incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, it would reduce enough greenhouse gas emissions to equal taking 400,000 cars off the road.

Roger Schultz, vice president of Student Services, said the CFLs are a simple way to make a difference in energy consumption.

“By partnering with Edison and handing these bulbs out at registration it gets our students attention and makes them realize just how easy saving energy can be…as easy as changing a light bulb,” Schultz said.

Reanna Havelind, 28, a student success mentor, helped hand the CFLs out to students on the San Jacinto campus. She said she already had eight of the CFLs in her apartment and was pleased MSJC was promoting the bulb.

“I think it’s awesome because … anyone who’s a student doesn’t have a lot of money, so anything that saves them money is great,” Havelind said.

More free bulbs are available at the San Jacinto and Menifee campuses. The booths are set up in front of Enrollment Services.

Jazmine Glover gets a free light bulb

Jazmine Glover, a second year MSJC student, picks up a free eco-friendly light bulb at the San Jacinto campus.