Change A Light, Change The World

PARAGOULD,AR-- Paragould Light, Water and Cable is encouraging the community to change at least one light bulb in homes to a compact fluorescent light claiming that these bulbs, while similar to incandescent bulbs, use much less energy.

PLWC is doing this as part of the national Energy Star "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign.

It's a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other organizations across the country.

Paragould residents can go online to to participate in the change a light pledge by October 4th.

Paragould resident, Wilma Wheelis, is jumping on board. Just last week she purchased three compact fluorescent lights and is installing them in her home.

They are working so well, she installed another three in her bathroom.

"It will save money and it will save energy and what better things can you do when you do than that," said Wheelis.

As part of their campaign Paragould Light, Water and Cable are hoping all of its customers will jump on board and begin installing CWL's in their homes.

"If every Paragould resident changed at least one light bulb, it would save in energy costs alone $170,000 a year," said PLWC Marketing Associate Justin Smith.

"It's just the simple thing to do and the right thing," said Wheelis.

While the CWL's are more expensive PLWC's Justin Smith says the bulbs will pay for themselves in the first month in savings on more than just your electric bill.

"Up front the cost is a little more, but in the long run the bulbs will last ten times longer than an incandescent light bulb," said Smith.

"Doesn't it bother you, it irritates me, that when you sit down to read and you flip that light on and pop you got to replace it. You're not going to have to replace this one for years," said Wheelis.

Because lighting accounts for nearly 20% of the average home's electric bill, changing to more efficient options will save money for residents and lower the amount of electricity our power company has to purchase.

According to the Energy Star web site, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than two million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.