52 Weeks, 52 Challenges: Week 11

Waves Of Change, For Our Oceans

For 52 weeks, we will be introducing a new challenge to better the environment each week. A new goal will be set forth to add on to the previous weeks goal and after one year, you will have 52 lifestyle changes that will better the environment.

Everyone starts a new year with a resolution. But at Sea Voice News, we want everyone’s year to be much bigger than one resolution. Picture this as a snowball rolling down a mountain. At the top, it’s one small singular snowball. But as it starts rolling down the mountain, it adds more and more snow till it becomes massive. Week 1 is the top of the mountain and week 52 is the bottom. By the time we all reach week 52, our snowball will be one big change in the way we live our lives. It will be a real change to fighting the negative impact humans have on the environment.

Each week, our new goal will give us a chance to make a significant impact on the environment while not having to change our lifestyles too much. The reality of our society is that it does not take a lot to make an impact. This challenge will give you the opportunity to set weekly goals and continue to build on the them throughout the year.

So without further ado, introducing the goal for week 11….

Replace Lightbulbs With Energy Efficient Bulbs

By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.

Compared to traditional incandescents, energy-efficient lightbulbs such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) can save you typically 25%-90% less energy than traditional incandescents and last 3-25 times longer.

Today’s energy-efficient bulbs are available in the wide range of colors and light levels you’ve come to expect. While the initial price of energy-efficient bulbs is typically higher than traditional incandescents, newer bulbs cost less to operate, saving you money over the life of the bulb. Many of the newer bulbs last significantly longer than traditional bulbs, so you won’t need to replace them as often.

Comparisons between Traditional Incandescents, Halogen Incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs

60W Traditional Incandescent 43W
Energy-Saving Incandescent
15W CFL 12W LED
60W Traditional  43W Halogen 60W Traditional 43W Halogen
Energy $ Saved (%) ~25% ~75% ~65% ~75%-80% ~72%
Annual Energy Cost* $4.80 $3.50 $1.20 $1.00
Bulb Life 1000 hours 1000 to 3000 hours 10,000 hours 25,000 hours
*Based on 2 hrs/day of usage, an electricity rate of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour, shown in U.S. dollars.

While saving money is always a great incentive, your decision to switch will make a great impact on protecting the environment.

An Energy Star light bulb replaces about six incandescent light bulbs because it lasts six times longer than the average light bulb. If you use 20 light bulbs in your home, during the life of the energy-efficient bulbs, you’ve reduced the number of light bulbs you throw out from 120 to 20. An LED light bulb can last the rest of your life, according to Time’s website. CFLs and LEDs save waste and pollution from the manufacturing, transportation, energy production and disposal of the greater number of less efficient incandescent light bulbs.

Replacing only one light bulb with an Energy Star-rated light bulb in every American home would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9 billion pounds, or about the amount from 800,000 cars, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Reports. Cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions is a crucial element in fighting global warming and climate changes that may be a factor in catastrophic weather events.

Ready to make a difference? Start today by doing a simple check of your home! And always remember, if you aren’t using a light shut it off. 🙂

Check out weeks 1-10 below:

Week 1: Go Straw Free!

Week 2: Pick Up One Piece Of Trash Per Day!

Week 3: Stop Using Single Use Coffee Cups

Week 4: Replace Plastic Bags With Reusable

Week 5: Reduce Your Food Waste!

Week 6: Buy Fresh Produce Without Plastic

Week 7: Cut Out Phantom Energy

Week 8: Use Only A Reusable Water Bottle!

Week 9: Bike Everywhere!

Week 10: Reduce Fast Food Consumption

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