ENERGY STAR® & Sea Gull bulb lighting challenges America
ENERGY STAR joined with Sea Gull Lighting and other manufacturers, retailers, and utilities across the nation to challenge America to Change a Light, Change the World, kicking off an educational campaign to teach consumers about the benefits of energy-efficient lighting products. Throughout October, ENERGY STAR and Sea Gull Lighting will show Americans that changing just one light bulb can save energy, money, and help the environment.
“Sea Gull Lighting is proud to join ENERGY STAR in bringing Change a Light to the people of our nation,” said Jody De Vine, Marketing Communications Manager for the company. “If every household participates in this effort and changes just one light to an ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb, we will save more than 8.4 billion kWh of electricity. That’s enough to light over 44 Million homes for one year.”
During the campaign, participating partners will make energy-efficient lighting products, such as lighting fixtures and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), available through local, regional, and national promotions. Sea Gull Lighting is extending attractive sales programs to its nationwide dealer network to offer additional incentives for retailers to promote qualifying products.
Change a Light, Change the World also includes a national sweepstakes, being sponsored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an ENERGY STAR partner. Consumers can enter to win a range of ENERGY STAR qualified, energy-efficient products for their home. Entries may be made online from ChangeALight.com or by mailing in the Official Sweepstakes Entry Form available at many participating retailers.
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs and lighting products are available for most household lighting needs, from the light on the front porch to the dining room chandelier. Plus, they save money, are more efficient, last longer, and are safer.
“Change a Light, Change the World embodies the EPA’s commitment to building voluntary partnerships between communities, businesses, and the government,” said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. “If every U.S. household participates in the campaign and makes their next light an ENERGY STAR, the nation will save up to $800 million in energy bills, and the reduction in air pollution will be equal to removing 1.2 million cars from the year for one year.”
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs and lighting products typically are up to 75 percent more efficient than standard products but give off the same light output and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. A CFL used an average of four hours a day will not need to be changed for about five years.
Most energy-efficient fixtures do not cost more than standard fixtures. CFLs are initially more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but consumers see a quick return on their investment because CFLs save money on energy bills and will outlast up to 10 standard light bulbs.
Change a Light, Change the World is part of a larger ENERGY STAR educational effort. Later this fall, ENERGY STAR and its partners will launch a national campaign to teach businesses and consumers the importance of using energy wisely. This campaign will include print, television, and radio PSAs that will be distributed to thousands of media outlets nationwide.
In addition to being Energy Awareness Month, October is also Fire Safety Month. Energy-efficient lighting products not only help consumers save energy, they also reduce home fire hazards – old halogen torchieres have caused hundreds of fires resulting in serious injury and even death. Halogen bulbs burn at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to fry an egg in 3 minutes, while CFLs generate 80 percent less heat than incandescent bulbs and are cool to the touch.
The basic design of standard light bulbs has changed little since Thomas Edison invented them in 1879. Ninety percent of the energy generated by the basic incandescent bulb is wasted as heat – only 10 percent is converted into visible light.
ENERGY STAR, jointly managed by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy, permits consumers to easily identify energy-efficient appliances, electronics, office equipment, lighting, heating and cooling equipment, buildings, and homes. For more information about ENERGY STAR and Change a Light, Change the World, visit www.changealight.com or call 1-888-STAR-YES.
Sea Gull Lighting Products, Inc., is an 82 year-old company based in Riverside, NJ with manufacturing and distribution facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Nevada. The company manufactures and markets decorative and functional lighting fixtures, portable lamps, ceiling fan products, decorative accessories, home furnishings and accents for the home to a superior distribution network of electrical distributors, lighting showrooms, furniture and gift specialty stores and various niche markets worldwide under the brands of Sea Gull Lighting®, Ambiance®, Monte Carlo®, Bob Timberlake® Lighting and Lighting by Carolyn Kinder. With over 3,100 product designs spanning 15 product categories, Sea Gull Lighting is a single source supplier for architectural, commercial and residential lighting products.
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