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City encourages participation in Change a Light Day

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Office of Environmental Quality is asking residents to pledge to change at least one light in their homes to an energy-efficient model as part of ENERGY STAR Change a Light Day on Oct. 3. These efforts can help conserve energy, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Change a Light Day and the City’s Million Lights Campaign promote the use of ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs, which meet national energy efficiency criteria.

Lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill; ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs use at least 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Changing 1 million bulbs each year in the city would save approximately $4 million in energy costs and 40,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to the emissions from 3,500 cars. Since the Million Lights Campaign was announced in October 2006, more than 877,000 light bulbs have been replaced in the metropolitan area.

“Switching to energy-efficient lighting is an easy step we can each take to make a difference for our energy resources and our environment, while saving money on energy bills today," said Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer of the Office of Environmental Quality. "Take the ENERGY STAR Change a Light pledge and join the City’s Million Lights Campaign.”

Kansas City Power & Light is offering a $2 instant rebate on ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs from October through December at participating Missouri Hy-Vee and Ace Hardware locations.

Residents can take the pledge at Businesses and organizations also can show their commitment to energy efficiency by linking to the pledge on their Web sites and encouraging employees and members to participate.

Change a Light Day is the official kickoff of the national ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign to encourage Americans to take actions to help preserve 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.

For more information, contact Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer at (816) 513-3459.

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