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An energy efficient, cost
effective compact fluorescent
light (CFL) bulb
News and Opinion

Saving Energy, the World and Money
A new take on Hanukkah lights.


Sometimes issues like global warming seem beyond our reach - but they are quite easy to address when a lot of us take the same steps together. Here is a painless step - one that can even save you money - to reduce our energy consumption. And cut back the greenhouse gas that we (indirectly) generate by using electricity, raising the issue of global warming.

JCPA (the Jewish Council for Public Affairs) and COEJL (the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life) have announced a program entitled "A Light Among the Nations -- How Many Jews Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?"

Here is the main step in the program: For Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, purchase and install an energy efficient, cost effective compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb.

If you could conserve energy and help stop global warming in one simple step, wouldn't you want to act? CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs. This means less production of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and toxic waste. COEJL calculates that if every U.S. household replaced one bulb with a CFL, it would have the same impact as removing one million cars from the road.

So take this one easy action -- install at least one energy efficient, cost effective compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information visit A Light Among Nations.

(When you buy a fluorescent light bulb, be sure it meets your needs. If you use a dimmer, buy the bulb that will work with that device. Read the fine print - some work only in some positions - up or down - others are more flexible. The right bulb will give you years of service in ordinary use, and produce less glare and much less heat than an incandescent bulb.)

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