Saving the World One Light Bulb at a Time

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One Billion Bulbs helps you save money and fight global warming.

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One Billion Bulbs hopes to convince millions of people that changing a light bulb can be an effective way to save money and fight global warming. Conceived by Brian Huyser of Symmetric Technologies, a Boston-area software development company, One Billion Bulbs makes a strong case for replacing standard incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs. “Most people have no idea that switching to CFL light bulbs can help the environment and save so much energy.” says Mr. Huyser, “In fact, some people report saving up to $50.00 per month on their electric bill after switching to CFL bulbs.”

The web site educates visitors about the environmental and cost-saving benefits of replacing standard, incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving CFL light bulbs. It asks everyone to replace a few of their old light bulbs with new CFL bulbs to save money and energy (up to 75% per bulb). The site uses convincing calculations to show how this tiny change results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. It asks each person to record their bulb replacements on the site and then displays current totals.

A color-coded map charts the progress of the initiative across the world. The numbers are adding up: the site was launched November 22 and already documents the removal of hundreds of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually.

In recent days One Billion Bulbs has caught the attention of bloggers, social networks and user-driven bookmarking sites. “We’re encouraged that our message is connecting with people and prompting them to act," says Mr. Huyser, “it’s a long road to a billion, but I really do believe that we can make a difference by working together.”

One Billion Bulbs is a project of Symmetric Technologies, Inc. of Newton, Massachusetts.

If you'd like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Brian Huyser, please contact Brian by phone at 800-801-3911 x401.

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