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For Immediate Release: October 4, 2006
Media Contact: Chris Graillat - 916-654-4989

increase energy efficiency statewide

SACRAMENTO - California is championing energy efficiency through the ENERGY STAR® Change a Light, Change the World promotion, which continues through November 30. This promotion encourages consumers to change one standard incandescent light bulb for a compact fluorescent bulb to increase energy efficiency.

"Energy efficiency plays an important role in meeting California's energy needs," said Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Chairman of the California Energy Commission, which is promoting the campaign. "If all of the households in California changed just one regular bulb to a more efficient compact fluorescent bulb in a high-use area of the home, such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom, or front porch, the energy saved could reduce electrical bills statewide by almost $75 million in just one year."

"Because the energy used to power the home causes more pollution than the average motor vehicle," continued Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, "California could prevent the release of 974 million pounds of carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming, if each home changed just one bulb. Using compact fluorescent bulbs also means adding less trash to landfills because compact fluorescent bulbs last up to 10 times longer and are replaced far less often than standard incandescent bulbs."

Recent changes in building regulations and increased lighting choices have prompted consumers to opt for fluorescent lighting. According to a 2005 utility study, 56 percent of the homes surveyed used at least one compact fluorescent bulb compared to about 12 percent of homes surveyed in 2000.

The new generation of fluorescent bulbs also produce brighter, uniform light comparable to a standard, incandescent bulb and more options are available to meet consumers' needs, including a compact fluorescent bulb that can be used with a dimmer.

More information on how consumers can pledge to change a light, find special offers or locate retailers for ENERGY STAR® lighting, and increase energy efficiency is available on the California Energy Commission's Web site at


An audio PSA is available in MP3 format at:

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