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Change a Light, Change the World in Missouri

Consumers Save Money, Energy and the Environment with The Twist of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs - Over 5.2 Million CFLs Sold Through the Change A Light Program

October 01, 2007: 04:43 PM EST

CNN.com



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and AmerenUE, Aquila, Inc. , City Utilities of Springfield (CU), Columbia Water & Light, Crawford Electric Cooperative, Empire District Electric Company , Independence Power & Light, Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), and The Missouri Department of Natural Resources are launching the 2007 Change A Light, Change The World campaign to help consumers save money and energy with a twist of an ENERGY STAR(R) qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). It's a quick and easy solution to lowering utility bills in addition to saving energy and protecting the environment.

Since 2001, MEEA and its sponsors have sold more than 2.5 million CFLs, saved nearly 1 billion kWh of energy, and avoided the release of 2.7 million tons of CO2 emissions into the environment. Change A Light, Change The World has attracted 17 sponsoring companies and over 500 retail organizations throughout the Midwest to coordinate a public message and collaborate around a critical initiative.

From October 1 through December 31, 2007, Missouri's sponsor organizations and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) are encouraging Missouri residents to "Change the World" one light, one step at a time by replacing their home's five most frequently used light fixtures, or the bulbs in them, with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. In the average home, the most frequently used fixtures are: kitchen ceiling dome light, living room table lamp, living room floor lamp, bathroom vanity light and outdoor porch or post lamp. By making this change, a household can save at least $60 a year in energy costs in addition to protecting the environment.

The program is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) national "ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World" campaign. MEEA and its sponsoring partner are helping Missouri residents make the simple switch to energy-efficient lighting by offering $2 instant rebates on ENERGY STAR qualified CFL purchases while supplies last. With the instant rebates, the CFLs will sell for as little as $0.99 at select retail locations.

For more information about the "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign, call 888-476-9548 or visit http://www.mwalliance.org/cal2007.

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