U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman and the Alliance to Save Energy consumer group will announce a joint program on Monday to encourage Americans to cut back their energy usage and shave their heating bills.Purchase on-line through a store here.
Bodman on Wednesday will join Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson to launch a national effort to get consumers to switch to light bulbs that use less electricity. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. residential electricity demand goes toward lighting.
We have been using the CFL bulbs since June of this year. After a week or two of adjustment, we are completely used to them now, and have noticed a decrease in our energy bills. We now have 6 in our home, and will replace future burnouts with more CFL bulbs.
My original challenge:
Buy a single fluorescent lightbulb and put in the light that you use the most or leave on the longest in your house.
CFL bulbs also provide a benefit to the environment based on their energy savings over a regular incandescent light bulb. According to the U.S. government's Energy Star website, if every household in the United States replaced just one incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb, it would have an environmental impact equivalent to removing one million cars from the American roads. This is this week's challenge. Check back soon for next week's.
(sub challenge: tell one person about this blog)