DOE, Utilities Herald Safety, Efficient Lighting at 20th Annual National Night Out;...

DOE, Utilities Herald Safety, Efficient Lighting at 20th Annual National Night Out; Photo Available


WASHINGTON, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S. Newswire)–July 31, 2003–On Tuesday, August 5, law enforcement agencies and thousands of communities across the country will join forces to mark the 20th Annual National Night Out (NNO), a yearly crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).

NNO can involve anything from block parties and cookouts to parades and flashlight walks. At all events, residents display outdoor lights and hold front porch vigils as symbols of taking back the night in the name of safety.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and several major utilities are taking this opportunity to tell communities about energy-efficient outdoor lighting. According to DOE, the right bulb not only increases your safety, it also can lower your energy bills.

“When choosing a bulb for your outdoor light fixture, ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescents lights (CFLs) are your best option,” says Marsha Penhaker, DOE spokesperson for ENERGY STAR(r), a government labeling program. “ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs provide quality light, last up to six times longer than regular bulbs-a great safety feature-while using two-thirds less energy.” According to DOE, replacing a 100-watt incandescent with an ENERGY STAR qualified 32-watt CFL can save consumers at least $30 in energy costs over the lifetime of the bulb. Penhaker notes that ENERGY STAR qualifies light fixtures as well, and these models distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures.

Many utilities work with DOE to promote ENERGY STAR qualified lighting. Several of them are also participating in NNO. Austin Energy in Texas, for example, will participate in its sixth National Night Out with 500 neighborhood associations around the city. One thousand gift bags containing an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, as well as a $2.00 coupon for an additional bulb, will be distributed during the event.

“Using ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs is a great way for citizens to save energy and money, and reduce pollution at the same time,” says Gilbert Rivera, a conservation representative at Austin Energy. “The utility believes CFLs are so important that we pass out 8,000 free bulbs every year. We give them to residents at neighborhood association meetings and schools, particularly in low-income areas, where those energy savings can make a really big difference.”

To learn more about National Night Out, visit To learn more about ENERGY STAR, visit or call the ENERGY STAR Hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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DOE, Utilities Herald Safety, Efficient Lighting at 20th Annual National Night Out; Photo Available