U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
New Nationwide Effort Promotes a Switch to Energy Star Lights
February 28, 2007
A new group of organizations and individuals committed to energy
efficiency launched a nationwide effort on February 22nd to raise awareness
of the benefits of switching to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
Called the 18Seconds movement, the group emphasizes that one small
action—taking just 18 seconds to replace a conventional
incandescent bulb with an Energy Star-labeled CFL—can dramatically
cut energy use and benefit the environment. The movement is
accompanied by a new Yahoo! Web site that uses data provided by major
retailers and compiled by The Nielsen Company to track the number of
CFLs purchased throughout the United States since January 1st. As of
Tuesday, that number had exceeded 15 million, and that's considered to
be a low estimate. See the
18Seconds Web site.
The 18Seconds network is a broad group of companies, government
entities, non-governmental organizations, religious groups, academic
institutions, and individuals working together to educate U.S.
residents about the benefits of CFLs, which require one-third the
energy of traditional bulbs to provide the same amount of light. If
every U.S. household swapped just one bulb for a CFL, it would
collectively save them more than $8 billion in energy costs, prevent
burning 30 billion pounds of coal, and keep two million cars worth of
greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere. In addition,
the energy saved would be enough to meet the electricity needs of
1.5 million homes, more than all the homes in Delaware and Vermont
combined. See the
Yahoo! press release.
Of course, now that people are learning that CFLs use far less energy
than incandescent light bulbs, the General Electric Company (GE) is
preparing to throw a wrench in the works. According to GE, advances in
materials will soon allow the company to produce an incandescent bulb
that uses half as much energy as today's incandescent bulbs, and
future advances should yield a bulb that rivals CFLs in terms of
energy efficiency. The company expects to start selling its "High
Efficiency Incandescent" lamp in 2010. See the
GE press release.