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[GreenYes] FW: EPA-DOE news release on CFLs

Recent CFL sales data from EPA, John & others, to indicate trend.


From: "Bill Sheehan" <bill@no.address>
Subject: FW: EPA-DOE news release on CFLs
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 14:19:49 -0500

<< CFL sales for 2007 were nearly double those in 2006, accounting for
20 percent of the [consumer] light bulb market in the U.S.>>
News for Release: Tuesday, January 15, 2008
EPA and DOE Spread a Bright Idea: Energy Star Light Bulbs are Helping to
Change the World
EPA Contact: Shakeba Carter-Jenkins, (202) 564-4355 /
DOE Contact: Julie Ruggiero, (202) 586-4940
(Washington, D.C. - January 15, 2008) Americans are more than making
good on their pledges to help fight climate change by replacing their
lights with Energy Star qualified CFLs (compact fluorescent lights). EPA
estimates that Energy Star CFL sales for 2007 were nearly double those
in 2006, accounting for approximately 20 percent of the light bulb
market in the U.S.
According to market data, sales of Energy Star qualified CFLs have risen
dramatically over the last two years.  In 2006, it is estimated that the
market share jumped to about 11 percent, compared to a market share
consistently under 5% in the early part of the decade. Sales in 2007
totaled approximately 290 million bulbs. Energy Star retail partners
such as Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Costco, Menards, Ace Hardware and
Sams Club have played an important role in educating consumers about the
importance of saving energy and the value of these products.
"More and more Americans are seeing the light - that protecting the
environment, while saving money, is as easy as changing a bulb," said
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Together, we are brightening our
country's future, one Energy Star CFL at a time."
"By switching to CFLs at home and at work, Americans are increasing
energy efficiency and furthering the President's vision to increase the
advanced technologies that will help meet the nation's growing demand
for energy," U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman
said. "Using CLFs is a quick and easy way that Americans can save energy
and money everyday, while also protecting the environment."
Energy Star qualified CFLs use about 75% less energy and last up to ten
times longer than incandescent bulbs. It is important for consumers to
look for CFLs that have earned the government's ENERGY STAR label in
order to ensure the best performance. Energy Star qualified models have
a minimum lifetime of 6,000 hours, maintain their light output over
time, and are more energy efficient than standard CFLs.
One Energy Star qualified bulb can save about $30 or more in energy
costs over its lifetime. The average home has approximately 30 light
fixtures. If every U.S. household replaced just one light bulb or
fixture with an Energy Star, our country would save more than $600
million each year in energy costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions
equivalent to those of more than 800,000 cars. 
To date, the national Energy Star Change a Light campaign has received
more than 1 million pledges from Americans across the country to change
nearly 4 million light bulbs to Energy Star CFLs, equating to potential
savings of more than $100 million in energy costs and the prevention of
more than 1.5 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. To join
Americans already taking the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the
World pledge, visit
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to save money and
protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
For general information, visit:
Energy Star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based
partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy
efficiency. The US Department of Energy joined EPA in this effort and
today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 50 different
kinds of products. Products that have earned the Energy Star designation
prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency
specifications set by the government.

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