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A Bright Idea That's Saving Money and the Environment

March 19, 2007


Energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are really catching on in South Dakota. In fact, the Web site, 18seconds.org shows South Dakota among the leading states for sales of the energy saving devices. That's good news to Edward Raventon with the South Dakota Sierra Club. He says fluorescents cost more than standard bulbs, but consumers save big bucks on their electric bills while helping reduce greenhouse emissions.

"[This means] less consumption of fossil fuels, reduced CO2, and reduction of toxic chemicals that are released in the atmosphere, not to mention the energy required to move a coal car to a power plant. It reduces the incidence of all the kinds of toxins and pollutions in the air that causes asthma and a whole host of things."

Raventon points out that a 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulb generates the same amount of light as a standard 60-watt bulb.

"If we can develop and start conserving our resources, this could obviate the need for having the big coal trains, which a lot of these small towns and cities just don't want to have running through."

He notes that one CFL bulb will typically save a consumer $40 over the seven year life of the bulb. For Raventon the rising cost of energy makes fluorescents particularly attractive, but even more important is the conservation.

"Not only is it a huge savings in terms of energy and conserving our resource, but the really important thing is it takes a lot of the coal-fired emissions out of the atmosphere and I really think that's where we want to be in terms of how we want to get people thinking about the future."

State ranking available at 18seconds.org.

David Law/Eric Mack, Public News Service - SD