Light House: McGillin’s Taps into Change

Philadelphia's oldest pub, McGillin’s Olde Ale House, is going green. They're replacing their traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights, cutting down on energy usage. Here's what the historic establishment had to say:

The switch can reduce the pub’s electricity costs by more than 25%, and the LED bulbs will last up to 50 times longer than the traditional bulbs they replace. The drastic reduction in electricity use means McGillin’s is reducing the amount of fossil fuels used to generate electricity.

“Though we remain true to our history by conserving and preserving our historic exterior, we try our best to incorporate green technology every chance we get,” says Chris Mullins, co-owner of McGillin’s. Mullins is excited about reducing his electricity use without sacrificing the lighting of his pub. “We expect real savings over time with no reduction in quality,” says Mullins.

LED light bulbs can produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, but at a much lower percentage of energy. They also produce less heat and last five times longer than CFL light bulbs. Plus, the LED bulbs don't have any of the mercury found in CFL lights.

McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury Street