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KPPC urges people to ‘Change a Light, Change the World’ for Earth Day

April 10th, 2007

The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center at the University of Louisville wants 100 people to “Change a Light [and] Change the World” for Earth Day, which will be observed April 22.

The Change a Light, Change the World campaign is a national effort “to bring attention to the impact that changing one light in every home can have on the environment and the economy,” said Chris Wooton, KPPC public information officer.

KPPC is asking 100 people to pledge to replace anywhere from one to 10 light bulbs in their homes with energy-efficient and cost-effective compact fluorescent bulbs.

CFL bulbs, he explained, use at least two-thirds less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, save $30 or more in energy costs over the bulb’s lifetime and generate 70 percent less heat.

If 100 people change just one light bulb each, KPPC “will help save at least 28,200 kilowatt hours of energy and $2,820 in energy costs, and prevent 44,600 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions,” Wooton said.

KPPC’s Earth Day campaign goes beyond one day. The center is taking part in a monthlong statewide campaign headed by the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet “to emphasize that responsible environmental stewardship is a continuous effort.”

It also is an ENERGY STAR partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy and promotes continuous energy performance improvements to its clients, Wooton said.

KPPC also is taking the ENERGY STAR Challenge to promote making energy efficiency improvements in government buildings and facilities, educational institutions, and businesses through the course of its normal activities and through targeted campaigns.

Related Links
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
The Kentucky Rural Energy Consortium
The Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools
KPPC Energy Efficienty Assessment Program
Partnership for a Green City Energy Use Partnership

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