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Little steps, big savings

WARRENSBURG Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CUCE) Warren County is encouraging everyone to take the ENERGY STAR change a light pledge. The pledge is a national call-to-action from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). By completing the pledge individuals commit to being more energy efficient by switching at least one light in their homes to an ENERGY STAR qualified one. If every household in New York changed just one incandescent bulb to an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent bulb, New Yorkers could prevent more than 562 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year says Roxanne Westcott of CUCE Warren County. Doing so also results in significant savings. Replacing just one 75 watt incandescent bulb with a CFL that produces the same amount of light can reduce electricity costs by over $20 per year. For more information or to take the Change a Light Pledge, go to getenergysmart.org/FallCampaign/ESPledge.aspx or contact Westcott at rmw38@cornell.edu or call 668-4881.

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