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Earth Month Tip: Change Five Lights

2014 April 1

A series of daily tips throughout April.

Did you know that the average home has approximately 30 light fixtures and spends about 12% of its electricity bill on lighting?

Replace your five most frequently used light fixtures or light bulbs with Energy Star qualified products, and you will prevent carbon pollution while saving $75 a year on energy bills.

Lighting itself accounts for more of the energy you use than your laundry equipment, refrigerator, and dishwasher combined. A single light bulb that has earned the Energy Star can save between $40 and $135 in electricity costs over its lifetime. And that same single light bulb that has earned the Energy Star prevents, on average, between 570 and 1,825 pounds of carbon pollution over its lifetime.

A household equipped with Energy Star certified products can reduce carbon pollution by over 100,000 pounds and save about $9,300 on utility bills over the life of these products.

More tips: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/actonclimate/

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  1. K. Allen permalink
    April 1, 2014

    It really is so simple to do; I changed my flood lights a couple years ago and I haven’t had to change them since. Before I switched to the more energy efficient ones, they blew out literally once a month.

  2. electra permalink
    April 9, 2014

    Can you make it clear to me & others why my doing this would make a difference? I don’t see the immediate benefits in my house or neighborhood. Here’s my wish: That my company REQUIRE employees to turn off lights & appliances when they leave. That my company make it a value in the organization. That my company programs for me the internet/computer settings so that the margins on emails and documents are much narrower so that less paper is wasted. That my company visit my place of work & personally talk with employees about the value of recycling, then visually inspect each worker’s garbage can to see if they are recycling. That my city would actually enforce recycling laws in place & give fines as often as they ticket cars for parking. That my city would develop ways that thousands of cars were not displaced & milling around every day creating air pollution while the street sweepers were sweeping what the citizens are responsible for cleaning 18” from the curb. And that the curbside gleaning was not illegal & termed a derogatory “scavenging” when perfectly good pieces of furniture were taken home to be used in one’s house, thus rescuing it from a dump site. Unless we see this climate change as a crisis now, & act with urgency we will have an extremely high price to pay later. I feel doing my part alone is doesn’t seem worth it unless we all do it.

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