ENERGY STAR and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance challenges region to save energy

CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2002 — Imagine not having to replace a light bulb for nine years. Wishful thinking could become reality under the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Midwestern consumers can purchase a two-pack of ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for 99 cents at participating Midwestern Ace Hardware stores during the month of October.

Consumers can locate their nearest participating retailer online at One CFL bulb can last as long as 10 standard incandescent bulbs, saving consumers as much as $35 during the life of the bulb.

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) along with regional sponsors, Westinghouse and Ace Hardware are helping area residents incorporate state-of-the-art energy saving products in their homes through a $6 instant rebate on ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulbs at participating retail outlets.

A typical household spends about $90 per year, or 10 to 15 percent of its annual electric bill on lighting, mostly due to inefficient fixtures and bulbs. On average, ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulbs cost less than half as much to operate compared with traditional models, resulting in an average annual savings of $4-6 per bulb replaced.

ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs come in a variety of colors and styles, from familiar ceiling fixtures to decorative lighting such as wall sconces and torchieres, as well as lighting for the bathroom vanity.

Intelligent outdoor fixtures save energy by doing the thinking for you with a dusk-to-dawn feature that knows when to turn on and off. Many fixtures have handy features like dimmers and three-way switches that allow users to easily adjust the brightness in any room.

ENERGY STAR lighting products not only help consumers save money and energy, they also reduce home fire hazards. All ENERGY STAR labeled lighting follows National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines for fire safety. CFL bulbs generate 90 percent less heat than incandescent bulbs while remaining cool to the touch.

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is a regional network of organizations, including the U.S. DOE and the U.S. EPA, which collaborate to promote energy efficiency.

Its mission is to raise the level of energy efficiency in the Midwest region by fostering existing energy-efficient technologies and promoting new technologies, products and best practices. For more information about MEEA and Change a Light, Change the World, visit or call 312-795-3740.

ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for energy efficiency, was established in 1992 by EPA. With help from the U.S. DOE, ENERGY STAR is empowering consumers and businesses to protect the environment through energy efficiency. For more information about ENERGY STAR, go to: or call 1-888-STAR-YES.

Source: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance


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