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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"
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
...and the lights went
up, all over the church.
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
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
Star Compact Fluorescent Lights
Lighting Energy Star Program
Walmart CFL story
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
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
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
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
Improvement Authority's website for more information and for collection
locations and dates, typically in the spiring and
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