NYSERDA Tips for Taking Action During Energy Awareness Month

Simply changing your light bulbs can make a difference

October 10, 2012

October is Energy Awareness Month, a time to think about what you can do to reduce your energy use. Don’t know where to begin? Think ENERGY STAR®, suggests the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Energy efficient household products can save families about a third on their energy bill without sacrificing features, style or comfort. If you want to start with a small step, try ENERGY STAR light bulbs.

Start with your bulbs.

  • Wondering where in your home to begin? Changing your light bulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs is an easy place to start, and lighting accounts for approximately 12 percent of the average household’s energy bill.
  • Not all bulbs have earned the ENERGY STAR label. Choosing an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb ensures the bulb has met strict energy efficiency and quality requirements set by the EPA.
  • If it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for a bulb, you’ll notice a new generation of ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs. NYSERDA has created a web site focused on tools and information to help make your light bulb shopping quick and painless. Visit http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/bulbology to brush up on your “bulbology” and learn how to save energy and money with the newest generation of energy-efficient light bulbs.

Take a hard look at appliances and electronic equipment in your home.

  • If you want to reduce your energy use and positively impact the environment, home is the place to start. There are numerous home products that you can replace with ENERGY STAR products to increase energy savings – from refrigerators to dishwashers, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, TVs, cordless phones, ceiling fans and more. Look for the ENERGY STAR label on products.
  • Remember, the energy used in the average house can cause about twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car. So energy efficient changes in the home can have a significant environmental impact.

Take the pledge and get more ideas for ways to save energy.

Join millions of others by taking the “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR” pledge at http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Programs/Residential/Energy-Efficient-and-ENERGY-STAR-Products.aspx

  • This is a national campaign from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that encourages all Americans to take small steps that can make a big difference in protecting the climate.
  • The campaign focuses on changes individuals can make at home and in their communities with ENERGY STAR qualified products and energy-efficient practices that will save energy, money and help prevent climate change.
  • According to the EPA, if every American household took the pledge, Americans would save $24 billion in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from 27 million cars.

Bonus Tip: Kick off ENERGY STAR Day by getting involved in the ENERGY STAR Day Twitter party at 2 p.m. EDT on October 10. Just follow the hashtag #TeamENERGYSTAR and join the conversation.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 11/26/2014