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Episcopal Church of Our Saviour - Secaucus, NJ - Crest

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Church of Our Saviour
191 Flanagan Way (Rt 153) Secaucus, NJ 07094

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Mark A. Lewis, Vicar

Dorothy Fowlkes
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This page revised 9 May 07


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Making the world
a better place...
one bulb at a time

Church of Our Saviour changes
to fluorescent to save energy

Let there be light! And, there was light at the Church of Our Saviour -- the kind of light that conserves the world's precious resources.

After viewing the Academy Award winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth", and joining in a discussion about global warming led by the Rev. Fletcher Harper of Greenfaith, the New Jersey faith-based environmental organization, the Secaucus church's governing body voted to install energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) wherever possible on church property.

The plan was to accomplish the changeover by Earth Day, Sunday, 22 April 2007. To encourage members of the congregation to take similar action in their homes and workplaces, everyone attending services at Our Saviour on Earth day went home with a CFL. The church changed 76 bulbs to fluorescent and gave away 109 "starter" CFLs.

Additionally, by resolution, the church urged the Town Council, Board of Education, and other municipal entities to take similar action to reduce energy consumption.

The conversion to CFLs will reduce greenhouse gases which are the byproduct of electric generation and will provide long term cost savings to those who install them.

Each CFL uses one-fourth the energy of a standard incandescent light. Replacing a 60 watt incandescent bulb with a CFL is estimated to eliminate over 600 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions during its lifetime and save $45 in energy costs.

"It's a win-win-win situation," said the Rev. Mark Lewis, pastor of the church. "These great little devices help save the planet, help us serve God with good stewardship, and cut the light bill to boot. Buying a light bulb used to be an expense; buying a CFL is a wise investment. For a homeowner, the return can be quite significant."

...and the lights went up, all over the church.

More about CFLs
Reproduced from the church bulletin on this web site:

There is new light in our church. For Earth Day 2007 we converted to energy saving fluorescent lighting. In all, 76 lights were changed to compact fluorescent lights. Replacing a 60 watt incandescent bulb with a CFL is estimated to eliminate over 600 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions during its lifetime and save $45 in energy costs. As an encouragement to save energy and reduce global warming gases, we gave all in church on Earth Day a CFL as a "starter" light to to encourage similar changes in their homes.

Specifications for Earth Day lights. You will find specifications for the lights distributed on Earth Day on the linked page. Please read if you received a CFL.

Get acquainted with CFLs. Compact fluorescent lights are those little spirals of glass designed to replace traditional incandescent lights in use in homes since Edison perfected the light bulb in 1879. CFLs have come into their own: because they use less energy, they save good hard cash, and they reduce global warming gases created by power generation. Today's CFLs go on fast, are cool in operation, and provide the tone of light that you are used to with incandescent lighting (color temperature 2700K). The lowest cost CFLs won't survive dimmers. But, pay more and you can get dimming and most other lighting options. You'll still be money ahead. Isn't that good stewardship?

For more information on the web:
Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Lights
GE Lighting Energy Star Program
The Walmart CFL story
Lighting A to Z (pdf)

Where and how to buy CFLs. CFLs will pay back your investment in energy saved. But why not get the best price? In Secaucus we recommend Walmart and Sam's Club. Walmart has a wide selection at better prices than other retailers we have come across. Sam's Club, a membership club, has a more limited selection, and you have to purchase in larger quantities, but the prices even beat Walmart. Outside of Secaucus, Costco operates similarly to Sam's Club, with different CFLs offered. The nearest Costcos are in Hackensack and Clifton. General guidelines for purchase may be found on the Energy Star website and related website.

Special needs in CFLs may be found on the web in the large selection at 1000bulbs.com. You might take a look at EBay, the prices are good, but sales there usually require purchase of larger quantities of bulbs. If you would be interested in cooperative buying, contact Don Roberts.

Useful hints.
•If you now have a lamp that warns not to use a bulb larger than 60 watts, for instance, you can now use a CFL and get more illumination. A 23 watt CFL equals the light of a 100 watt incandescent.
•The light distributed provide a light similar in color to a standard incandescent light. It is recommended that you purchase a "daylight" bulb to do work that requires accurate color rendition (sewing, for instance.
•Reading requires brighter lighting. A light equal to 100 watts incandescent light is recommended. And "daylight" is recommended for reading.
•Especially make and effort to use CFLs where you have the lights on the most. You'll save the most energy.
•Different brands of CFLs may offer slightly different light. If you have two lamps very close together you may want to use the same brand in each so that there is no noticeable difference in the light.

Disposing of old fluorescents. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury -- 4 mg. Not to worry, a mercury thermometer contains 500 mg. Ironically, using fluorescent bulbs reduces mercury in the air, where it is most dangerous. A power plant releases 10 mg of energy to run an incandescent light compared to 2.4 mg to run a CFL for the same time. Nevertheless, if you break a CFL, clean it up carefully.

Further, you'll do the environment a favor by disposing of old fluorescents through recycling. The Hudson County Improvement Authority accepts fluorescent bulbs, along with numerous other products, at Household Hazardous Waste Collection sites twice yearly. Click on "Haz Waste" on
the Improvement Authority's website for more information and for collection locations and dates, typically in the spiring and fall.

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