New England Region Supports Sustainability and Drives Savings with Light Fair

To commemorate Earth Day 2013, GSA’s New England Region will host its fourth Energy Saving Light Fair on April 26. The event provides valuable education on the benefits and features of ENERGY STAR-qualified lamps and lighting products. GSA will offer energy saving products at discount prices to attendees to promote energy conservation, delivering on the agency’s mission to create a more sustainable government.

This graph provides an illustration of how much electricity you’d save using Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs).

Last year, nearly two thousand energy saving light bulbs were sold at the fair. The calculated savings from this figure alone is $50,000 in annual operating costs for a government agency, and nearly $250,000 on life cycle costs — the calculated savings for 2,000 bulbs assuming each bulb lasted five years. The air pollution reduction from using 2,000 less light bulbs and the fossil fuel they consume is equivalent to removing over 100 cars from the road.

The New England Region, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board, continued its year-long campaign to educate federal employees about everyday choices they can make to improve the environment and conserve energy. They challenged federal employees to change at least one light bulb in their home to a compact fluorescent bulb.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) are energy efficient light bulbs that use less power than incandescent bulbs. They save so much energy that they pay for themselves in about six months, saving $40 over the life of just one bulb. It’s simple, going green saves green and GSA is committed to driving cost-savings through innovative sustainability efforts.

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