Change a light, change the world

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center, six Missouri utilities and 45 retailers have joined the 2008 "Change A Light, Change The World" campaign to help Missourians save money and energy with a twist of an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).

It's a quick and easy solution to lowering utility bills in addition to saving energy and protecting the environment.

The department's Energy Center and other sponsors are helping Missouri residents make the simple switch to energy-efficient lighting by offering $2 instant rebates on ENERGY STAR qualified CFL purchases while supplies last. With the instant rebates, the CFLs will sell for as little as $0.99 at select retail locations.

Coordinated by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Missouri program is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) national "ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World" campaign.

From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, the Department of Natural Resources, MEEA and sponsoring utilities are encouraging residents of Missouri to "Change the World" one light, one step at a time by replacing their home's most frequently used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs.

In the average home, the most frequently used fixtures are: kitchen ceiling dome light, living room table lamp, living room floor lamp, bathroom vanity light, and outdoor porch or post lamp. By changing one light bulb to a CFL, a household can save at least $60 a year in energy costs in addition to protecting the environment. Multiply these savings by the number of standard bulbs exchanged for highly-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

Missouri utilities helping sponsor the CFL sales in their areas are Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia Water & Light, Crawford Electric Cooperative, Empire District Electric Company, Independence Power & Light and Kansas City Power & Light.

More information and a list of Missouri retail locations offering the in-store rebate is available on the Energy Center's Web site at More information on the program is also available by visiting the Web site of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance at

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