Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman, who is currently running for reelection, is utilizing a creative and public-spirited campaign tactic — he’s giving away light bulbs. Not just any old light bulbs, and not just a few of them. Over the course of his campaign he plans to distribute 2,500 compact fluorescent bulbs, 2,000 of them on one day alone. On Saturday, Sept. 15, 50 volunteers plan to each visit 40 homes to deliver the energy-saving bulbs (and a campaign message).
“Over the life of these bulbs, they will reduce energy use and pollution,” Newman says. “More than 1 million pounds of carbon will be kept out of the atmosphere and they will save Asheville families a total of $180,000 in utility bills.”
— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer