LEDING: Lighting The Way To a Brighter Future
LEDING: Lighting The Way To a Brighter Future: “If every American home replaced just one light with an ENERGY STAR light, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, about $700 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars.”
As children, my brother and I were constantly being “reminded” by our father to turn out the lights when we left a room. It was so ingrained in me that in my adulthood I have become a compulsive light-turner-outer. Little did I know back then that dad was right: lighting our homes is a huge energy sucker. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, by 2007, residential lighting consumption accounted for at least 15% of all residential energy consumption – annually about 215 billion kwh nationwide….