Was it all a well-lit dream? We called them and they came to our house last week, free of charge: a young man and woman with energetic minds, energy-efficient ideas, and a big, fat supply of compact fluorescent lightbulbs. They sweetly complimented the art on our walls. Then they walked about and worked quietly for 45 minutes, politely surveying our place and tweaking our technology to help us use less water and electricity without missing the lack. The next day, we still had our CFL bulbs in place! So clearly these bright-eyed lightbulb kids were real. Wait, it gets better.

You can do the same. Funded by the Abell Foundation, with support from BGE, AmeriCorps, and the Maryland Energy Administration, CivicWorks’ Project Lightbulb program will send two AmeriCorps members to your home, where they will install – again, free of charge –  “up to 15 CFL bulbs, two low-flow faucet aerators, one low-flow showerhead, one insulating hot water ‘heater wrap’ and up to six feet of accompanying hot water pipe insulation, and one CO/Smoke Detector,” according to the website. But I can vouch for every detail; I can also assure you that the altered faucets work like a charm. (More spray, less pour.)

“Project Lightbulb has served over 3,000 Baltimore City households. According to energy comparisons from BGE, a Project Lightbulb visit results in an average monthly electricity savings of 53 kilowatts per home (approximately $90 each year),” says site. I believe it. And I believe it can happen to you.

Book a Project Lighbulb visit today. The program is currently scheduling appointments for residents of the following neighborhoods:

  • Belair Edison
  • Coldstream Homestead Montebello
  • Waverly
  • Harwood
  • Remington
  • Reservoir Hill
  • Mondawmin
  • South Clifton Park
  • Darley Park

To schedule an appointment for a free energy efficient upgrade, or if you would like to see if your neighborhood has been added to the list, contact Civic Works and ask for Project Lightbulb at 410-366-8533 ext. 221 or email