Alliance to Save Energy makes Earth Day challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C.—If you replace four 75-watt incandescent bulbs that burn four or more hours a day in your home with four 23-watt fluorescent bulbs, you will get as much light but also will save more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and $190 over the life of the bulbs. If all of our nation’s households did the same, we’d save as much energy as is consumed by some 38 million cars in one year!

That new factoid from the Alliance to Save Energy’s updated and redesigned consumer booklet, Power$mart: The Power Is in Your Hands, prompted the Alliance to issue a “4 for the Planet” challenge to the American public for Earth Day 2006, set for April 22. That challenge is as follows: Change four incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents as a personal, and meaningful, contribution to improving the global environment.

“We call on every American household to purchase four ENERGY STAR-labeled compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to replace the most-used light bulbs in your home,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “This will benefit your pocketbook and the planet, because while the bulbs will cost a little more, they last 10 times as long and will save significantly more than their price in avoided energy costs. If every household did the same, our nation would simultaneously reduce home energy bills, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Electricity price caps around the country are expiring, and electricity prices are rising to keep up with soaring costs of natural gas and other fuels used to generate electrical power. The Alliance Earth Day 2006 challenge is particularly timely as we move into the summer cooling season, with its increased electricity demands.

The Alliance also points out that energy production and use are the prime creators of air pollution (80 percent) and greenhouse gas emissions (83 percent).

To help consumers become more “Energy $avvy” and take additional steps, the Alliance offers the following helpful money- and energy-saving tips, information and resources for consumers, kids and educators for Earth Day 2006 and beyond:

Alliance consumer Web site—Best selection of tips to lower your energy bills and resources—

Fun and learning for kids—Check out with links to lots of other great resources, and become an “Energy Hog Buster” at with its fun games and learning experiences.

Power$mart consumer booklet—Preview at or order single copies by calling 1-888-878-3256. The booklet can be customized for organizations and companies.

English and Spanish tips and home and vehicle federal tax credits—Go to the DOE/Alliance to Save Energy Powerful $avings campaign Web site— and

Energy lesson plans for K-12 teachers—Hands-on, multidisciplinary lesson plans at

Power is in your hands—Great selection of commercial and consumer tips and resources to bring down energy bills provided by 23 companies, government agencies, trade associations and organizations at

The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy and national security.

From the April 19-25, 2006, issue

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