Environmental Defense: One Light Bulb, Big Results – Make the Switch

June 6th, 2006 1:01 pm by Kelly Garbato

(The following is excerpted from Environmental Defense’s “Make the Switch” campaign.)


Check this out – I just pledged to “Make the Switch” – by changing a normal light bulb to an energy-saving compact fluorescent light. Thousands of people are pledging, too.

The next generation of bulbs are better than the old ones and last up to 15 times longer. That saves money and global warming pollution.

In fact, if every household replaced just three 60-watt incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, we would reduce as much pollution as if we took 3.5 million cars off the roads!

Make your own pledge and help out in the fight to stop global warming.


Here’s what you need to know:

– Changing a light bulb makes a difference. If every US household replaced three 60-watt incandescent bulbs with CFLs, it would be like taking 3.5 million cars off the roads!

– CFLs save you money. A 20-watt CFL, which screws into an ordinary light socket, is just as bright as a 60-watt incandescent.

– Today’s CFLs are dramatically better than a few years ago. You won’t miss your incandescent bulbs.

We’re asking every member of the Environmental Defense community to pledge to switch at least one bulb in the coming year. If you and two friends do it, we’ll easily meet our million bulb goal!

Please take the first step today. Pledge to switch at least one bulb in the coming year.


The Global Warming Team at Environmental Defense

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