Project Porchlight and Alberta 4-H deliver free energy-efficient light bulbs in and around Cold Lake, Ponoka, Provost, and Rimbey

    PROVOST, AB, Dec. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Award-winning energy efficiency
campaign Project Porchlight is working with Alberta 4-H clubs in the Cold
Lake, Ponoka, Provost, and Rimbey districts to deliver free compact
fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Campaigns in each community were launched today
to spread the message that saving money, conserving natural resources, and
helping the environment can start by changing a light bulb.
    Project Porchlight, with support from sponsors the Alberta Government and
EnCana Corporation, is already engaged in successful campaigns in communities
across Alberta. Now, thanks to help from the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, the
campaign will reach more rural Albertans.
    "This is about more than light bulbs," said Stuart Hickox, executive
director of One Change, the not-for-profit organization that runs Project
Porchlight. "Changing one bulb is the most accessible, universal action in
energy conservation and climate change. Once people change a bulb, they become
part of the solution and want to do more."
    The launch celebrations in Cold Lake, Ponoka, Provost, and Rimbey
featured refreshments and helpful information about energy conservation.
Enthusiastic volunteers came forward to help deliver bulbs in their
neighbourhoods. In Provost, representatives from One Change, including Mr.
Hickox, were joined by The Honourable Rob Renner, Minister of the Environment,
Doug Griffiths, MLA for Battle River-Wainwright, representatives from EnCana
Corporation, and Bruce Banks, CEO of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta.
    A number of residents in the outlying areas of Ponoka, Provost, and
Rimbey came to the community launch event to pick up their free,
energy-efficient CFL bulb. Immediately following the launch events Project
Porchlight and 4-H volunteers visited town residents to deliver a bulb. Sarah
Chrobot expressed her excitement about taking part in the campaign: "Project
Porchlight is an excellent opportunity for the 4-H members to spread the
message to Canadians that we can all make a difference in energy conservation
by changing a bulb," she said. "I am looking forward to getting this message
across to Cold Lake residents."
    CFL bulbs last eight times longer and are 75% more energy-efficient than
incandescent bulbs. Switching just one old-fashioned incandescent bulb to an
energy-efficient 13-watt CFL bulb will also save $50 in electricity costs over
the five- to ten-year lifespan of the bulb. If every household in Alberta
changed just one light bulb, the reduction in energy use would save enough
natural gas to heat 8,400 Alberta homes for an entire year!
    Project Porchlight is delivering 500,000 free CFL bulbs to households
across Alberta. The campaign will continue through early 2008. In addition to
its sponsors, the Government of Alberta and EnCana Corporation, Project
Porchlight's partners are Climate Change Central, Shaw Cable, and the 4-H
Foundation of Alberta. Albertans interested in volunteering or in knowing more
about the campaign can visit the web site or call

    About Project Porchlight

    Project Porchlight is a small not-for-profit group with a big idea: to
show Canadians how anyone can use less electricity, save on rising energy
costs, and help make the planet a nicer place for our children by making one
change. Project Porchlight's goal is to get every household in Canada to make
that first change and replace one inefficient incandescent light bulb with an
energy-efficient CFL bulb.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview: Brian Doyle, One
Change, (403) 645-7694,; or Manon Crôteau, One Change,

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