Now here’s a bright idea. School kids can sell compact fluorescent light bulbs to benefit their Parent Teacher Organizations, helping families decrease their carbon footprint through an exciting fund-raiser aimed at promoting energy efficiency. Kids learn a whole lot about energy conservation in the process. The Piedmont Environmental Council has been promoting the Bright Futures Project in Clarke County with great success. The importance of switching to compact fluorescent bulbs cannot be underestimated:
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (“CFLs”) are far more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, requiring approximately 75 percent less energy to operate than their incandescent equivalents. Did you know that the average home is responsible for twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the average car? Twenty percent of a typical home’s electricity use goes to lighting, and this is the easiest place we can reduce our energy consumption.