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Pictured left to right: Coffee Cat employee, Robert Hattery and Coffee Cat owner, Krista Fritzen with Community Environmental Council’s Cory Calderon, and Vietor Electric’s Sananda Vietor.

If you visited Coffee Cat (on the corner of Anapamu and Anacapa streets) last week, you may have noticed an electrician on a ladder fiddling with the ceiling lights. Thanks to a Carrot Mob organized by CEC and partners earlier this year, Coffee Cat has now completed the installation of 44 new T8 fluorescent light strips.

The energy efficient lights replace old, inefficient T12 fluorescent lamps that used 40 watts/hour. Although the new lights look similar, they only use 32 watts/ hour – a 30% savings. This simple swap will save energy and money without any change in atmosphere, which was an important goal to the Coffee Cat staff and customers.

The Carrot Mob, held in January, brought 440 people through the doors of Coffee Cat – doubling their sales for the day and raising $1,400. These funds paid for the upgraded lights and the installation.


THANK YOU to all of you who came out to Coffee Cat’s Carrot Mob and helped make the shop more energy efficient! We also thank Vince from California Lighting Sales and Sananda from Vietor Electric for supporting this project. The owner and staff at Coffee Cat are grateful to the community for having made this energy efficient upgrade possible.

See you at the next Carrot Mob! Who will it be? Stay tuned…

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