Working with the MA-based LiveCooler, a 501c3 non-profit, we can offset our DNC carbon footprint by donating $15 towards energy efficient CFL bulbs to be installed in the homes of low-income families. LiveCooler works with local non-profit organizations — such as community development corporations, housing assistance organizations and others — to identify low-income families interested in installing CFLs in their homes. LiveCooler currently operates programs in Boston, Worcester, and Lowell, and is able to set up a similar program in other parts of the state as well.
In real world terms, each bulb replaced will save approximately $12 per year in electric bills and prevent 81 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. A $15 tax-deductible donation supplies 5.5 bulbs to a family, amounting to nearly a ton of emissions prevented over five years, and almost $300 of savings for a family that needs it.
I am writing here on behalf of the entire Massachusetts Democratic delegation to ask for you to help the environment and MA families.
This program allows anyone to purchase tax deductible offsets in honor of your favorite delegate or the entire MA delegation as a whole. At our website, you’ll see a drop-down list of Massachusetts delegates, and you can make a donation on behalf of any one of them. These donations can place even more CFLs in your neighborhood, help even more families in need, and further protect our environment.
Personally, I am very much looking forward to my first opportunity to go door-to-door in my neighborhood in Mission Hill, with the help of an area nonprofit, to find families who want new energy-efficient bulbs. I know that through this program, I’ll be saving them money and helping the environment.