Oct. 5 was 'Change a Light, Change the World Day'

CHICAGO—In an effort to help Illinois residents conserve energy, save money, and reduce greenhouse emissions, Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed Wednesday Oct. 5 as “ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Day,” with a pledge to change one light at home to an energy-efficient model. Although the day has passed, its message can ring true year-round.

“Lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the electricity we use at home,” Blagojevich said. “Switching to energy-efficient lighting is an easy step we can take to make a difference for our energy resources and our environment, while saving money on energy bills today. I am urging all Illinoisans to take the ENERGY STAR Change a Light Pledge with me.”

If every household in Illinois pledges to replace one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR certified compact fluorescent bulb, the change would save more than $31 million in energy costs and prevent more than 513 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking nearly 47,000 cars off the road.

Qualifying, energy-efficient light bulbs use two-thirds less energy than standard bulbs, and last six to 10 times longer.

Blagojevich is joining with the federal government and 24 other governors across the country to celebrate ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Day and bring attention to the importance of using energy wisely at home.

This commemorative day is the official kickoff of the national Change a Light, Change the World educational campaign, led by the federal government. The campaign encourages Americans to take a simple action to help preserve our energy resources and protect our environment—to switch to energy-efficient lighting.

The national educational campaign is run in partnership with hundreds of retail stores, manufacturers, energy efficiency organizations, and state governments. The campaign takes place each October, during Energy Awareness Month, and around the transition to Daylight Saving Time.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2005, issue

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