For GDT, the benefits derived from using CFL are difficult to believe, yet he is convinced that published benefit information is accurate. The following indented text was copied from the 18seconds.org website."[...] one small action -- taking 18 seconds to change a conventional incandescent bulb to an ENERGY STAR labeled compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) -- can significantly reduce environmental impact." [...] "The 18seconds network is a broad group of companies, government entities, non-governmental organizations, religious groups, academic institutions and individuals working together to educate Americans about the electric cost-savings and environmental benefits of CFLs, which require 1/3 the energy of traditional bulbs to provide the same amount of light. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a member of the network, if every American swapped just one bulb for an ENERGY STAR labeled 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." [...] "Converting one conventional 60W bulb to a 13W ENERGY STAR labeled CFL can save: $30 or more in electric costs over its lifetime; five or more conventional bulbs from being produced, transported and discarded in a landfill; 110 lbs. of coal from being burned; and 450 lbs. of greenhouse gases from reaching the atmosphere. The average home has more than 30 light fixtures, and since ENERGY STAR labeled CFLs last an average of five to seven years, that means even more potential savings."
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Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 22 February 2007