Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 22, 2005–In an effort to help to save energy, money, and reduce greenhouse emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy are asking Hispanics to pledge to replace one light at home with an energy-efficient model as part of their Wednesday October 5th ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Day campaign.
They are urging people to switch to light fixtures or bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR label, which designates products that have met strict energy efficiency criteria and prevent greenhouse gas emissions, as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
The national educational campaign is run in partnership with hundreds of retail stores, manufacturers, energy efficiency organizations, and state governments. The campaign takes place during Energy Awareness Month and around the transition to Daylight Saving Time.
— Nearly 20 percent of our nation’s residential electricity use goes toward lighting, and it is one of the easiest areas in which consumers can save money.
— Consumers can save an estimated $60 per year in energy costs by replacing the most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in their homes with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR for energy efficiency label.
— Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) last six to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs and about $25 in energy costs over the life of each bulb.
This marks the official kickoff of the national Change a Light, Change the World educational campaign. The campaign encourages Americans to take a simple action to help preserve energy resources and protects the environment by switching to energy – efficient lighting.
ENERGY STAR is a government-backed, market-based partnership program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. For more information, visit http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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