The 20-day national Energy Star Change a Light Bus Tour concluded yesterday with nearly 1 million Americans pledging to change more 2.6 million lights to help fight climate change. The EPA says this represents a potential savings of nearly $70 million in energy costs and prevention of 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson ended the 10-city tour at Manhattan’s Union Square – after an appearance on the Today Show.
“Some have said one person can’t change the world. Well, how about a million people? By teaching nearly a million Americans that protecting the environment and saving money is as easy as changing a light, we are brightening our country’s future, one light -? and one person -? at a time,” said Johnson.
The tour’s talking points centered on the idea that if every U.S. household changed just one light bulb or fixture to an Energy Star bulb, each year our country would save $600 million in energy costs, enough energy to light 3 million homes, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from more than 800,000 cars.
The bus stopped for 16 events in 10 cities.