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EPA Announces National Call-to-Action to Change Out 300 Million Light Bulbs

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Enesta Jones (jones.enesta@epa.gov)
(202) 564-7873, (202) 564-4355

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marks Energy Star Day 2016 by calling on Americans to change out their inefficient light bulbs with Energy Star certified LED bulbs. In collaboration with Energy Star retail, manufacturer and utility partners, the goal is to change more than 300 million bulbs in one year. Collectively, a change-out of this magnitude would save Americans about $1.5 billion dollars in annual energy bills and prevent 17 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

“Energy Star-certified lighting is one of the easiest opportunities for American consumers to save energy, save money, and protect the environment from climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The lighting market is poised for dramatic change towards high-quality, long-lasting products that use a fraction of the energy compared to the bulbs they replace and save Americans money at the same time, and that’s a win-win in my book.”

EPA is launching a year-long effort to educate people about the benefits of Energy Star certified lighting. The “Light the Moment with Energy Star” campaign will leverage traditional and social media to highlight the affordability, the quality and the broad selection of LED bulbs and fixtures that have earned the Energy Star. For more information: Energy Star Campaign

see www.energystar.gov/partnerannouncement.

Energy Star certified bulbs use as much as 70-90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and last at least 15 times longer. A single bulb can save $55 in electricity costs over its life time and last over 12 years with typical use. Only products that have earned the Energy Star are independently certified to save energy and perform as expected.

About Energy Star Day

Held on the 4th Tuesday every October, Energy Star Day is a national celebration that encourages people to save energy and protect the environment from climate change with the help of Energy Star.

Energy Star is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For nearly 25 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s Energy Star program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, Energy Star is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world. Since 1992, Energy Star has helped families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.4 billion metric tons. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.