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October 31, 2007

Change a Light Bus Tour Boosts Pledges to Nearly One Million

DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on October 23rd that nearly 1 million U.S. residents have pledged to change more than 2.6 million light bulbs to more efficient versions—an effort that will save nearly $70 million in energy costs and prevent 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement came at the end of the 20-day Energy Star Change a Light Bus Tour, a nationwide campaign that encouraged attendees to replace at least one light bulb in their house to an energy-saving Energy Star bulb. The campaign boosted the individual pledges by about 100,000, while 885 new organizations have agreed to promote the effort. Energy Star is a joint program of DOE and the EPA.

The Change a Light Bus Tour stopped for 16 events in 10 cities, including stops at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California; at a Broncos football game in Denver, Colorado; at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois; at a Falcons game in Atlanta, Georgia; at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts; and at Union Square in New York City, New York. Interactive displays that demonstrated the importance of energy efficiency were set up at all of the tour's stops. See the DOE press release and the Energy Star Bus Tour Web site for information and pictures of the tour.

If every U.S. household replaced just one conventional light bulb with an Energy Star bulb, the country would save nearly $600 million in energy costs every year, save enough energy to light 3 million homes, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. Energy Star bulbs use about 75% less energy than standard bulbs and last six to ten times longer. See the Energy Star Web site.