DOE's ENERGY STAR OPERATION CHANGE OUT Reaches Combined Savings of Over $25.6 Billion

July 27, 2009

DOE’s ENERGY STAR® OPERATION CHANGE OUT – THE MILITARY CHALLENGE, an effort to replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), includes 152 military bases in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 8 foreign countries as of mid-July. Collectively, these bases changed out over 856,800 incandescent bulbs, with lifetime savings of over $25.6 billion, 241.6 billion kilowatt hours, and 385.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide.

The campaign Web site features military-based stories, including an Earth Day 2009 challenge to the other service branches from the Air Force to follow their lead and achieve 100 percent campaign participation. The campaign continues to raise awareness about ENERGY STAR and help military bases and communities across the U.S. reduce energy consumption, save money, and protect the environment.