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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Change a light, change the world.

I've written before about EnergyStar products, but that post focused on appliances and larger purchases. But did you know that you can make a big reduction in energy usage (and your energy bill!) just by changing your lightbulbs?

EnergyStar's lightbulb campaign is rightfully called "Change a light, change the world." According to EnergyStar:
The energy used in the average home can be responsible for more than twice the greenhouse gas emissions of the average car. When you use less energy at home, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and help protect our environment from the risks of global climate change. If every American home changed out just five high-use light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR, each family would save about $60 every year in energy costs, and together we'd save about $6.5 billion each year in energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from more than 8 million cars.
They even have a store locator to help you these energy efficient lightbulbs. These bulbs produce "bright, warm light but uses at least 2/3 less energy than standard lighting, generates 70 percent less heat, and lasts up to 10 times longer." How's that for efficient use of time and energy? If that sounds good to you, then stop by a home products store, so you can change your lights and change the world.

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning." - Mark Twain

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have a great site and if you don't mind I would like to link to it and/or refer to it now and then at www.wcogcharlotte.blogspot.com
Thank you!
Sara

Karama said...

I'm glad you are enjoying So what can I do. Thanks for stopping by and spreading the word, Sara. I hope you and your readers will visit again soon. Keep up the great work at WCOGCharlotte.

Sunny Smith said...

Wow! This is a great idea. I was not aware of these light bulbs before now. As I'm always 'up' for trying new things to help the environment - this interested me. But there seems to be great advantages other than just a reduction in energy usage/greenhouse gases. To save some money on my electricity bill will be awesome! Austin is very warm - last week of November and it is still 74 degrees outside (and this is a relief from the normal heat). The fact that these produce less heat is an added bonus. Since they also last longer than normal bulbs - less waste in both bulbs and packaging over time for users. Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Great article. Endless possibilities of energy solutions.

As Slovakian prime minister said - Where is the will - there is the way.

Slovakia INFO

Karama said...

Let us know how it works out for you Sunny. Thanks for stopping by! You too, anon.

Folks, you may want to check out onebillionbulbs.com. Happy illuminating!

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