Feel The Power!

Carbon dioxide released from energy production contributes to climate change. Participants generate power to light a city building and experience the difference in energy efficiency between LED and incandescent bulbs.

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  • Built Infrastructure
  • Energy Use


How to Get this Kit

If you would like to borrow a CUSP climate change education kit, contact Pat McShea at Please make requests at least one week in advance. Loans may be scheduled up to two months in advance.

Big Questions

  • Do different lightbulbs have different energy needs?
  • How do incandescent & LED lightbulbs differ?
    • regarding energy needs?
    • regarding lifespan?
    • regarding cost?

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Learn More

LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs use 75-80% less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs and last 8-25 times longer. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer. Learn more

Incandescent bulbs waste 90% of the electricity they useā€”the waste is converted to heat. LED bulbs convert 40% or less of the electricity they use to heat. Learn more

Lighting accounts for about $10 of your home energy use. Switching your lightbulbs to energy-efficient bulbs could save you at least $50/year. New EISA standards could save US households nearly $6 billion in 2015 alone. Learn more