November 6, 2006 - The City of Knoxville
announced that they have joined the ENERGY STAR® Change a Light,
Change the World campaign, a growing community of corporations,
cities, utilities, manufacturers, individuals, and countless others
who have made a firm commitment to change the world, one light -
one energy-saving step - at a time.
part of this national movement, the City of Knoxville Public Service
Division has volunteered to encourage 100 individuals to pledge
to replace at least one incandescent bulb or fixture at home with
one that has earned the government's ENERGY STAR label - as a first
step to preserve our energy resources and environment. The City
hopes to achieve their goal on or before April 22, 2007, Earth Day.
100 pledges could save 28,200 kWh and prevent 44,600 pounds of greenhouse
"Like many organizations, we want to do our part to create
a better environment," said Mayor Bill Haslam. "Participating
in this national campaign is both easy and effective. We are proud
to spread the word about the simple steps individuals in our community
can take to make a difference."
The City of Knoxville Public Service Division will take an active
role in encouraging individuals to make a simple, yet meaningful
commitment by taking the online ENERGY STAR Change a Light Pledge.
With lighting accounting for about 20 percent of the typical home's
electricity use, switching to energy-efficient options is a significant
way to reduce greenhouse gases, save energy and protect the environment
for future generations. To be part of The City of Knoxville's efforts,
take the pledge online here.
"Committing to change the world takes less time and energy
than you might think. In fact, it can start with simply changing
a light," said Wendy Reed of the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Cities like The City of Knoxville are an important part of
the ENERGY STAR Change a Light community who have committed their
time to help us spread the word about the ENERGY STAR Change a Light
Pledge and we are proud to work with them, and with the thousands
of Americans who've already taken the pledge to make a difference
for this generation and those to come."
The ENERGY STAR Change a Light Pledge is already having a dramatic
impact. Individuals who pledged to change a light in 2005 alone
have the potential to save more than $2 million in energy costs
and prevent more than 33 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions!
The ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World campaign is a
national challenge sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, to encourage Americans
to consider the energy they use and to switch to light bulbs and
fixtures that have earned the government's ENERGY STAR for energy
About ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce
air pollution through increased energy efficiency. Today, with assistance
from the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program offers
businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy
and money, and help protect our environment for future generations.
More than 8,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and
are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes
and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov
or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).