Go Green Lights!
Change a light, change the world with CFL.
Because we did that we are saving money, but more importantly we are helping save the planet.
CFLs are four times more efficient then normal bulbs and last 10 times longer, according to energystar.gov. If everyone in the U.S. started using CFLs we could retire 90 average power plants, according to the web site, which is a joint site with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The site has lots of cool ways to save energy in your home!
According to energystar.gov's statistics, if everyone in the U.S. started using CFLs we could save enough energy to light 3 million houses for a year. It would also prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas from being released into the environment each year. That's the equivalent of the emissions from about 800,000 automobiles.
CFL lights cost more then normal light bulbs, but they last longer. That's why my family decided to go green by replacing all our bulbs with more energy efficient CFLs!
What is your family doing to go green for Earth Day? What about your school? Send us your stories and tips on how to help save the planet. Use the comment box below!
PHOTO: Alysa Goethe holds an incandescent bulb (round) in her right hand and a CFL (curly) in her left . (Photo Courtesy Alysa Goethe)