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The inauguration of the action will take place on August 20 (Sunday) at 10.00 on Tadeusz Zawadzki "Zośka" street in Ostrołęka. We invite you to take part in the informational campaign and presentation of the solar stand.

The "Green Light" campaign targets families from selected villages of Rzekuń, Lelis and Olszewo-Borki. Participants of the campaign belong to the group most at risk of energy poverty. In this year's edition, many of them are people with disabilities in difficult financial situation. In their homes, the traditional light bulbs will be replaced by energy-efficient LEDs. In total, over 700 bulbs will be replaced. The campaign is conducted in cooperation with the Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Istot, Community Centers of Social Assistance and the Association for the Disabled "Pomocna Dłoń" from Ostrołęka.

Thanks to LED bulbs, as much as several hundred zloty can be saved a year for the home budget.

The "Green Light" campaign is conducted for the third time and has been very popular. So far, help has already reached families from 40 towns. It has a real impact on the budget of many households. Tthanks to the exchange of lighting as part of our campaign, the family from Włoszenica from the Małopolska voivodship reduced the monthly bills for electricity by nearly PLN 100 – says Robert Wawręty from the Society for the Earth.

This year's edition of the campaign will also be run in Rybnik, Silesia, and will include 11 families.

Supporting energy efficiency means measurable benefits, including financial ones. Why is it so important? The electric energy is already expensive and will become even more so. All thanks to the act on the power market, which is aimed at the creation of new coal-fired power plants. This is a huge cost – even PLN 80-90 billion in 2021-2030, which will be credited to our electricity bills, a particularly hard blow for the poorest households. In addition, we will pay at least PLN 200-300 more annually to cover the costs of the new regulation, even for 15 years.

Thanks to the power market, we will all pay extra for the construction and operation of unprofitable coal-fired power plants - one of such examples is the construction of Ostrołęka C coal power plant. The investment is unprofitable without public aid and was already frozen in 2012 due to lack of resources and huge investment risk. On the other hand, improving energy efficiency will pay off to everyone, the costs of renewable energy has been falling too. We should remember that higher electricity charges raise the level of energy poverty which already belongs to the highest in the EU, concerning millions of households in Poland. Let’s not forget that in Warsaw the number of solar photovoltaic installations is growing, which will gradually make the capital independent of the purchase of electricity from outside, further reducing the profitability of Ostrołęka C – says Dariusz Szwed.

The action of exchanging light bulbs for those most in need of help points to the need to introduce systemic solutions. This way, by increasing energy efficiency, we could fight energy poverty of Polish households and increase energy security and reduce the danger of so-called blackouts or large failures of an overloaded energy system. The proposed power market solutions not only do not meet expectations but they further aggravate the problem of energy poverty in Poland.

More Information:
Robert Wawręty, Towarzystwo na rzecz Ziemi, tel. 508 585 130 e-mail: robert@tnz.most.org.pl
Dariusz Szwed, Zielony Instytut, tel. 501 022 959, e-mail: dariusz.szwed@zielonyinstytut.pl
Radosław Ślusarczyk, Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Istot, tel. 660 538 329, e-mail: suchy@pracownia.org.pl

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