Once the girls got home from school today we took them to go donate a gift the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Bath, NY. In my first blog post about GE Lighting and Champions For Kids I explain why I was picking GE's Energy Saver CFL light bulbs to them. CCE has put together an event to replace one regular light bulb with a LED light bulb. While I did wind up buying CFL's instead of LED I was told they would put these to very good use for their event. Saving energy is important. Using simple sustainable practices in our homes can not only save us money but also save the earth.
When I was putting together the gift I decided I just didn't want to give away the light bulbs but share what GE taught me on their Energy Savings Calculator.
I switched out my home lighting as promised. Now I'm on track to saving not only $198.96 a year but also over a ton of CO2!! Who knew that such a small change could make such a huge impact. That's where it starts. Small changes. The booklet in the picture is to record the savings, the calculator is to calculate the saving, the piggy bank to save the savings, and the candle is to remember to pay it forward.
The CCE is asking people from Corning, NY to make an even smaller change. One light bulb. If everyone in Corning were to change that one little light bulb it would save over $1.1 million in the light bulbs lifetime and be the equivalent of taking 460 cars off the road. This small change is a big deal.
Imagine if we could replace every light bulb in every house with a more energy efficient one. Wouldn't that be glorious? The light bulbs actually wind up paying for themselves in the first year. It seems kind of silly to do anything less. I mean...who wants to give the electric company an extra $200 a year? Alan and I decided we are going to give that savings to charity to keep paying it forward. If you'd like to save even more money, check out this information on rebates.
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