Change a Light, Change the World

On July 11, 2005, President Bush created the Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency, comprised of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Partnership's goal is to reduce household energy costs by 10 percent over the next decade while improving our nation's air quality.

The Partnership has designated the month of October as Energy Awareness Month and is sponsoring the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign that will be kicked-off as well in October. The objective of Energy Awareness Month and the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign is to promote Energy Efficiency and Conservation throughout America.

Specifically, it is to encourage Americans to change from inefficient incandescent light bulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified ones, thereby conserving energy, becoming more energy efficient as a nation, and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs are compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) which use 2/3 less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last as much as 10 times longer.

The Partnership will launch the annual ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign and mark the 2nd annual "ENERGY STAR Change a Light Day" together on October 4, 2006. We would like to request that your organization be involved this year and demonstrate your commitment to saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about what you can do at

We are also asking our HUD partners to host an ENERY STAR "Change a Light Day" event in your community on or near October 4; to change at least one light bulb or fixture from an incandescent model to an ENERGY STAR qualified one; and to encourage members of your organization and residents of your communities to do the same in their homes. Please invite everyone to be involved in this event along with staff, local government leaders and the press.

We encourage your organization to use the fluorescent bulbs as they utilize less energy and last longer and we hope you will join with us and many other organizations across America in participating in the ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign this October and November - making a difference one light at a time, for a brighter future. For more about Energy Awareness Month please contact our Region VI HUD Multifamily Program Center.

Content Archived: July 22, 2011