Public Radio: Burns Paiute Tribe goes with green
"How many lightbulbs does it take to change a region’s energy efficiency?

Over the next two weeks, workers with the Burns Paiute Tribe will screw in a historic lightbulb.

And tribal members will become the first in the country to install energy efficient light bulbs in every one of its homes.

Central Oregon correspondent Ethan Lindsey filed this report from the reservation, north of Burns.

Outside a small home on the Paiute reservation, the wind picks up and blows the colorful chimes on the front porch.

In the driveway stands a truck, with huge tubes running out the back, and into the house.

Jody Hill: “We usually start with elders first. Elders and low-income people.”

Jody Hill is the Burns Paiute Tribe’s housing director.

Workers from his office are blowing insulation into this home to weatherize it.

It’ll help a lot – the aging tribal members here live on a fixed income, and this will slash their energy bills."

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Burns Paiute Tribe First To Go To All Green Lightbulbs (Oregon Public Broadcasting 6/26)