Kentucky ENERGY STAR ®
Change a Light, Change the World Campaign
Governor Fletcher officially proclaimed October 4, 2006, as Change a Light, Change a World Day in the Commonwealth. Kentucky celebrated the event with new owners of a Habitat for Humanity Energy Star ® rated home. Several partners were on hand to promote awareness of energy conservation: Kentucky Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; Habitat for Humanity; Kentucky Housing Corporation; Duke Energy; Bluegrass Energy; National Energy Education Development; Housing Authority of Lexington; and US HUD, Louisville Field Office.
What can everyone do to partner with us?
Switching to more efficient lighting is an easy and significant step every one of us can take today to save both money and energy, while helping to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR ® qualified light bulbs and fixtures use two-thirds less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to ten times longer. If every household in Kentucky changed just one light to an ENERGY STAR ® qualified one, the combined individual actions would prevent 134 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and save enough energy to light all the households in Frankfort for 1,200 days (3.3 years).
|New homeowners join elected officials, Habitat for Humanity staff, and other energy partners in the celebration.
What can mayors/cities do to partner with us?
- Pledge to change at least one incandescent light bulb to a compact fluorescent bulb in a city building between October 4, 2006, and September 30, 2007. You can take the pledge online.
- Incorporate Energy Star ® rated materials into your HUD-assisted projects (rehabilitation or new construction, single family homes, rental units, homeless facilities, et cetera).
- Promote the energy awareness campaign to city staff, sub-recipients, and partners. Encourage them to take the pledge and to change a light.
For more information, please contact Krista Mills, Field Office Director, at (502) 582-5251.
- Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (www.energy.ky.gov/dre3/efficiency/changelight06.htm)
- Lexington Habitat for Humanity (www.lexhabitat.org)
- East Kentucky Power Cooperative (www.ekpc.com)
- Housing Authority of Lexington (www.lexha.org)
- Duke Energy (www.duke-energy.com)
- National Energy Education Development (www.need.org)