Office of Energy Policy
Governor Fletcher Celebrates October 4, 2006 ENERGY STARĀ® Change a Light Day

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Chris Gilligan
(502) 564-4270

Lola Lyle
(502)564-7192 xt.435
lola.lyle@ky.gov
 


Frankfort, Ky., October 4, 2006 – In an effort to help Kentucky save energy, money, and protect the environment, Governor Fletcher is encouraging Kentuckians to celebrate Wednesday, October 4, 2006 as ENERGY STAR Change a Light Day, with a pledge to change at least one light at home to an energy-efficient model.

Citizens are encouraged to switch to light fixtures or bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR label, which designates products that meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill. ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs use at least two-thirds less energy than standard bulbs and last up to ten times longer. If every household in Kentucky acts through this Pledge to change just one bulb, together we would save a combined total of $9 million in energy costs a year, which is the equivalent of preventing the harmful emissions from more than 16,000 cars.  ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use 66 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.

 “Switching to energy-efficient lighting is an easy step each of us can take to make a difference for our energy resources and our environment and to save us money on energy bills today,” said Governor Fletcher. “Let’s all take the ENERGY STAR Change a Light Pledge to replace at least one incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb.”

Kentucky residents can take the Pledge at www.energystar.gov/changealight or by visiting the Office of Energy Policy’s Web site at www.energy.ky.gov.  Businesses and organizations can also show their commitment to energy efficiency and help to spread the word by posting a link to the Pledge on their own websites.

Governor Fletcher is joining with the federal government and governors from across the country to celebrate ENERGY STAR Change a Light Day and bring attention to the critical importance of using energy wisely at home. This commemorative day is the official kickoff of the national ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign to encourage Americans to take simple actions at home to help preserve our energy resources and reduce the risks of global climate change. The national educational campaign is run in partnership with hundreds of retail stores, manufacturers, energy efficiency organizations, and state and territory governments. This annual campaign encourages Americans to be energy aware on ENERGY STAR Change a Light Day—and all year long.

Also in celebration of Change a Light Day, the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP) is sponsoring an ENERGY STAR Change a Light Campaign event hosted by Lexington Habitat for Humanity Kentucky at a newly constructed ENERGY STAR home at 130 East Sixth Street in Lexington, Kentucky. Other partners involved in the event include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), GE, Blue Grass Energy (BGE), Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG), Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority (LHA), GE Supply, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Duke Energy, Toyota and the Kentucky NEED Project.

Kentucky Commerce Cabinet Secretary George Ward, Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac and John Davies, Director of KOEP's Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency presented proclamations, toured the ENERGY STAR certified Habitat for Humanity constructed home and briefly talked about energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR.

Governor Fletcher’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy encourages the development of partnerships dedicated to promoting energy efficiency through education and outreach.  The ENERGY STAR program helps Kentuckians learn how to be more energy efficient and, as a result, how to save money. Earlier this year, Kentucky became only the fourth state in the nation to become an ENERGY STAR partner. For more information about the ENERGY STAR program, visit the Office of Energy Policy’s Web site at www.energy.ky.gov.