By Ann Wharton, Army Hawaii Family Housing, U.S. Army Garrison, HawaiiMay 15, 2008
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - One bulb at a time. Such is just one way the Army and partner Actus Lend Lease will help Army Hawaii Family Housing (AHFH) residents reduce energy consumption at home.
During the next few months, AHFH will install 60,000 compact florescent lights (CFL) in existing homes. The installation is in addition to thousands of CFLs being installed in new homes every month through the year 2015.
"Reducing our energy consumption 20 percent by year 2010 is a goal the AHFH partnership is aggressively working towards," said AHFH Project Manager Claire Ridding-Johnston. "And, it's not just our new homes that we want to be energy-efficient."
More than 2,500 existing homes remaining in AHFH inventory have energy-efficient or Energy Star-rated appliances, and installing CFLs will help reduce any home's energy consumption. CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. They also produce approximately 75 percent less heat, so they are safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with cooling a home.
"CFLs are also good for the environment," added Ridding-Johnston. "Each kilowatt saved means less greenhouse gasses."
Environmentalists estimate that greenhouse gases are reduced by 12 percent when CFLs are used in a home. And, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, if every home in the U.S. replaced just one light bulb with a CFL, America would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
Installation of the 60,000 CFLs in Army Hawaii Family Housing will be completed in August 2008.
For more information about CFLs and to learn how your family can reduce energy consumption at home, log onto www.energystar.gov or www.heco.com.
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Got a burned out CFL'
Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, avoid disposing them in landfills. Contact your AHFH maintenance department to dispose of CFLs appropriately.
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