Swap out that bulb, America

The National Energy Star Change a Light Bus Tour has ended with 1 million pledges to change to energy-efficient bulbs.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff October 29, 2007

The Dept. of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the end of the 20-day National Energy Star Change a Light Bus Tour . The tour received 1 million pledges from Americans to replace 2.6 million light bulbs with an Energy Star-efficient bulb. The effort represents a savings of more than $70 million in energy costs and helps prevent 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

The tour projects that if every U.S. household changed one light bulb to an Energy Star bulb, each year our country would save $600 million in energy costs, which is equivalent to energy it takes to light 3 million homes and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 cars.

The bus stopped for 16 events in 10 cities promoting lighting that earned the government’s Energy Star label for efficiency. Since the tour began last year, 100,000 Americans have taken the individual pledge and 885 organizations have encouraged their communities to take the pledge. The tour locations included places such as California’s Disneyland Resort, Chicago’s Navy Pier, and Manhattan’s Union Square.

The top five organizations leading the pledge initiative today are Alabama Power Co., National Assn. of Counties, Georgia Power Co., New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, and Arizona’s Salt River Project.