29 elementary and high schools in California are participating in a program to substitute energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for conventional incandescent bulbs in students' homes.
The immediate goal of the exchange program was to substitute some 4,000 CFLs for incandescent bulbs during the 2006-2007 school year. The program's long-range goal was to swap 12,000 bulbs over three years.
But the energy- and money-saving idea caught on so well that in just four months -- and with just nine schools initially participating -- schools had to scramble to keep up with the demand for CFLs. When the dust had settled, more than 8,000 bulbs had been swapped in the fall semester alone. Now in addition to the original nine, 20 more schools are gearing up for bulb exchanges during the spring semester, with the potential of exchanging several thousand more CFLs and surpassing the 12,000 three-year goal in only one year.
Based on these numbers, students in the nine participating schools have already saved more than $400,000 in overall energy costs for their families and about 3 million kWh over the lifetime of the CFLs.
"The CFL exchange has been popular with teachers and school administrators, not only because it promotes energy efficiency and saves families money, but also because it provides an interactive educational and outreach opportunity for many different schools," said Jo Tiffany, program manager for the
Alliance's Green Schools California program. "For example, bulb exchanges have been conducted not only during classroom science projects, but also as part of school-community activities like parent nights, science fairs, and PTA events.
The Green Schools CFL program is made possible by Southern California Edison (SCE), which provided the energy-efficient bulbs. The program is funded by California utility rate payers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
Doesn't this project want any of my readers to start a project in there area? It only takes one, bring it up with the PTA or your principal.