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The Compact Campaign
The time has come to make a change and make a difference. Everyone one of us can do it today - right now. I'm talking about making the switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).
The point was driven home to me a few weeks ago while I was walking through a local Target and saw CFLs on the shelf right next to regular light bulbs. So I bought a few and changed out the light bulbs in my home office. Next I'll be replacing the bulbs in the living room and bedrooms with CFLs. A few here, a few there - how much easier could it be to go green?
And that's the point. There was a time not so long ago when it took a bit of work to track down CFLs. Now we can find them at local department stores, home improvement centers, hardware stores and probably even at the grocery store. It's a simple task to pick up one or two at a time (they cost about $5 apiece) and use them throughout your home in place of incandescents.
The benefits, if we all take part in what I've dubbed "the compact campaign," will be enormous. Consider the following:
o For each incandescent you replace with a CFL, you will save the burning of about 50 gallons of oil or about 770 pounds of coal. Equally important, you will reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants by more than half a ton over the life of the bulb (about 10 years).
o If every household in the United States replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a CFL it would reduce pollution equivalent to removing one million cars from the road, according to Energy Star, and save at least $2.3 billion in energy costs.
o If every U.S. home switched completely to CFLs, we could reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by over 1 trillion pounds.
Sure, you're saying, those figures are impressive. But what about the cost? Read on.
o CFLs last 10 times longer than incandescents and use 66 percent less energy, according to Energy Star.
o The Federal Trade Commission has determined it costs $2.60 less per year to power a CFL than an incandescent, so over the life of the bulb you'll save at least $26 - more than five times the cost of the bulb. And just think - you won't have to get out the ladder every few months to change bulbs in those hard-to-reach places or keep stocking up on regular light bulbs every time you go to the store.
o The average household has about 20 to 30 lights, so switching to CFLs throughout the home could cut your electricity bill by $50 to $80 a year.
So what are you waiting for? Start your own compact campaign, and make the switch. It's the easiest way to go green and save energy.