Project Porchlight applauds federal government plan to phase out inefficient light bulbs

    OTTAWA, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Project Porchlight supports the federal
government's initiative to ban inefficient lighting by 2012. The phase-out
period will provide a framework and timeline for national programs such as
Project Porchlight to help people make the transition from wasteful
old-fashioned bulbs to efficient lighting technologies, such as compact
fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. By declaring a national ban, the federal
government will set the stage for Canadians to switch to energy-efficient
light bulbs, and then continue on to more complex energy conservation actions.
    "Changing efficiency regulations on bulbs is a smart move," said Stuart
Hickox, executive director of Project Porchlight, a One Change campaign. "This
declaration recognizes that climate change is an urgent matter, that
government has a role to play, but that ultimately it's up to ordinary people
to take action. Broad public participation in this issue begins with simple,
universal actions. By switching light bulbs, and adopting other
energy-efficient behaviours, people become part of the solution."
    The incandescent light bulb is among the most inefficient technologies in
use in Canada. If every household in Canada replaced just one incandescent
light bulb with a CFL bulb, the reduction in pollution from power generation
would be the equivalent of taking 66,000 cars off Canadian roads. Because CFLs
use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, changing just one per household
would generate up to $750,000,000 in energy savings for consumers over the
lifetime of the bulb.
    Changing light bulbs is the universal starting point for broad public
action to reduce energy use. Polling done by Ekos Research following recent
Project Porchlight campaigns (Ottawa, Guelph, Thunder Bay) shows that once
people receive a CFL bulb, up to 65% say they will either change all their
bulbs to CFLs right away or as old bulbs burn out. Up to 80% of respondents
say that because of switching one bulb, they will now consider "energy
efficiency" as a factor in all their future purchases.
    "Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs is the first choice that we
can make in becoming energy efficient consumers," continued Mr. Hickox. "Once
people change bulbs, they will quickly move to more complex energy
conservation actions."
    Funding for Project Porchlight has been provided by Natural Resources
Canada (ENERGY STAR(R)), the Ontario Power Authority, the Ontario Ministry of
Energy, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Hydro Ottawa, Thunder Bay Hydro, the
Yukon government, and TD Bank Financial Group.

    Natural Resources Canada/ENERGY STAR(R) has been a key partner and
financial sponsor of the Porchlight campaign in its Ottawa, Thunder Bay,
Guelph and Yukon campaigns.

    About Project Porchlight

    Project Porchlight is a campaign of One Change, a not-for-profit
organization based in Ottawa, Ontario. The campaign's goal is to mobilize
volunteers to hand-deliver one free CFL bulb door-to-door to every household
in Canada. Porchlight has delivered almost 300,000 CFL bulbs in Ottawa,
Guelph, Thunder Bay, and the Yukon. Consumers should look for the ENERGY STAR
logo when buying CFL bulbs, such as the Globe Electric bulbs used in Project
Porchlight's current campaigns.

    About Globe Electric

    For 75 years, Globe has been an innovative leader in the residential
lighting and electrical industry. Globe develops tailored, category-focused
programs that provide highly effective retail solutions for some of North
America's largest retailers. Dedicated to the development, education and
promotion of energy saving products and technology, Globe offers consumers a
variety of ENERGY STAR(R), easy-to-use everyday product solutions that can
make a real difference. With more than 5,000 products covering 16 product
lines, Globe is uniquely positioned in the industry to deliver product value
and innovation. Globe can be found at

    About CFL bulbs:
    Install your CFL bulb right away: Old-fashioned bulbs waste 95% of the
electricity that they consume as heat.

    CFL bulbs have been on the market for about 20 years. Many misperceptions
about the quality of CFL bulbs are based on people's experience with the older
versions of the bulbs.

    Wherever you buy CFL bulbs, look for the ENERGY STAR(R) logo on the
packaging. This is the federal government's seal of approval.

    CFL bulbs are ideal for hard-to-reach fixtures or those areas where
lights are on for extended periods of time. Because CFL bulbs last for five to
seven years, you would have to buy about eight incandescent bulbs for each CFL
bulb over the same time.

    How to dispose of CFL bulbs: The bulbs have a minute amount of mercury.
It is important that CFL bulbs not be thrown in the regular garbage. All
household hazardous waste (CFL bulbs, batteries, spray cans, etc.) should be
disposed of properly. Disposal of CFL bulbs is governed at the municipal

    The colour temperature (position in the light spectrum) of CFL bulbs is
indicated by their kelvin number. Bulbs are available in warm tones (2700 K
and lower), through to more cool, white lights (4000 K and higher).

    CFL bulbs can be used in cold weather. In the extreme cold (minus 20 and
lower) the bulbs may take a few minutes to come to full brightness.

    Because the newer generations of CFL bulbs use electronic ballasts
(rather than magnetic ballasts), they do not flicker. This means that people
who suffer from headaches due to fluorescent lighting will not be negatively
affected by CFL bulbs.

    CFL bulbs can be used in any fixture, indoors or out. They are fine in
ceiling fixtures, floor lamps, or table lamps. CFL bulbs are available in many
different sizes, shapes, and colours, including CFL bulbs for dimmer switches
and tri-lights.

    CFL bulbs do not pose a fire hazard.

    Other types of energy-efficient lighting: LED technology is the next wave
of energy-efficient lighting. LED bulbs as they currently stand are too
expensive and not of a light quality appropriate for most consumers. In a few
years they will be appropriate for mass consumption. LED lights are 95% more
energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview contact: Suzanne
Fraser, (613) 580-2674 or 613 552-7277 (cel), suzy@onechange org,

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