Concord, NH – State legislative leaders announced today the change-out of incandescent light bulbs throughout the State House to energy efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Representative Larry Ross of the Science, Technology and Energy Committee and Senator Bob Odell of the Energy and Economic Development Committee made the announcement at the State House in conjunction with the national Change a Light, Change the World Campaign. Visitors to the State House can already see some of the new lights in several of the chandeliers on the first floor.
"By replacing over 1,000 inefficient incandescent light bulbs with ones that use 75% less energy, we are saving an estimated 113,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and over $9,000 per year," said Senator Odell. "More importantly, we will be setting an example for New Hampshire state government, businesses and citizens on the many benefits of using energy efficient lighting technology."
The State House lighting change-out project was initiated by Representative Suzanne Harvey of Nashua who learned of Paradigm Nouveau Enterprises, LLC, a Colorado-based company that is donating the compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to the State as part of its New Light Project. In a statement from the company, CEO Audrey James Levine stated: "One of Paradigm Nouveau’s missions is to inspire people into action by making a difference ‘where they are, with what they have,’ as Teddy Roosevelt said, all with the intent to create a healthy future for our children. The simple act of changing at least one light bulb to a CFL not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but saves money and energy, too. We are honored to join with the leadership of New Hampshire in making a significant difference at the Capitol. Here’s to a bright future for New Hampshire!"
This announcement supports Governor Lynch’s initiative to reduce energy use in state government by 10% and comes during the Change a Light, Change the World Campaign. Alice Chamberlin, Policy Advisor to the Governor, read a proclamation from the Governor declaring October 4, 2006, as Change a Light, Change the World Day and encouraging all residents to take the ENERGY STAR® pledge to change a single light bulb to a compact fluorescent one.
"If every home in New Hampshire made this one change, our state would save enough energy to light all the households in Concord for 270 days and prevent 40 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions," she said.
The ENERGY STAR® Change a Light, Change the World Campaign is a national call-to-action to encourage every individual to save money and protect the environment by switching to energy efficient lighting - one light bulb at a time. "One of the most simple, but effective, ways to save energy is to replace our light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescents," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. "EPA applauds the leadership being shown here in the Granite State to install energy efficient lights in the State House."
Representative Ross emphasized the importance of overall energy efficiency. "Energy efficiency, whether we are talking about changing light bulbs, turning off lights and computers or retrofitting buildings, is good for all of us because it saves energy, saves money, reduces air pollution and helps protect our environment," he concluded.
For information on the State House lighting project and other on-going state projects to reduce energy use, contact Gary O’Connell, State Energy Manager, at 603-271-2698. For information on activities related to the Change a Light Campaign and how you can participate, contact Kathy Brockett at the NH Department of Environmental Services, 603-271-6284, or visit www.energystar.gov/changealight.