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EPA Urges Americans to 'Change A Light, Change the World' this Fall

Release Date: 10/01/2003
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Contact: John Millett 202-564-7842/

(10/01/05) The ENERGY STAR program is launching the 2003 Change a Light, Change the World campaign, which challenges Americans to switch to lighting products, specifically bulbs and fixtures to save energy, money, and protect the environment.

“We are committed to promoting energy efficiency, and the Change a Light, Change the World campaign is a great way to get Americans thinking about ways to conserve energy, save money and help the environment,” said EPA Acting Administrator Marianne Horinko. “If each household in the U.S. switched the lighting in just one room to ENERGY STAR, we’d save enough energy to light more than 34 million homes and prevent one trillion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures at home or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, a household can save more than $60 a year in energy costs while enjoying the latest in style, design, convenience and efficiency.”

EPA, working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is launching the national campaign with an energy-efficient lighting makeover at the Thomas Edison Winter Home in Fort Myers, Florida. The home’s outdoor lampposts and porch lights are being changed to bulbs and fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR. This change coincides with the upcoming 125th anniversary of Edison’s own light bulb invention. ENERGY STAR is working with TV’s renovation and design expert Steve Thomas to conduct this change-out.

ENERGY STAR qualified lighting lasts six to ten times longer than traditional lighting, and operates on two-thirds less energy. In addition, lighting products that have earned the label generate about 70 percent less heat than incandescent lighting, which means they’re cool to the touch and help reduce energy costs associated with cooling the home.

During October and November, EPA and DOE are partnering with hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, state governments, utilities, and regional energy efficiency organizations throughout the United States to make finding and buying energy-efficient light bulbs and fixtures easier. Local, regional, and national activities include lighting change-out events and special offers from participating retail, manufacturer, and regional utility partners to help consumers save on light bulbs and fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR.

The ENERGY STAR label can now be found on more than 35 product categories for home and office. The products prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE. For more information, call 1-888-STAR-YES or visit: .