Solatube International Celebrates Earth Day 2012 by Turning Off the Lights and Turning “On” the Sun through Daylighting

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Homeowners can easily participate in earth day by using daylight and keeping electric lights turned off.

Solatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), will join the Earth Day celebration, “Mobilize the Earth,” on Sunday, April 22, and continue to support it throughout the year by changing the way people think about utilizing daylight and caring for the environment. Earth Day, organized annually by Earth Day Network, is the largest civic observance in the world.

“Earth Day is a great day to educate and remind ourselves about what is going on with our environment and what we are doing to protect it,” said Solatube International President Robert E. Westfall Jr. “Our company has always been involved with Earth Day activities and events, but more importantly, we take the principles of this movement and apply them all year long.”

In 2011, Solatube Daylighting Systems helped turn off the lights in homes and buildings across the United States. Making the “switch” not only saved energy, but also reduced thousands of tons of carbon emissions during just one year. On Earth Day 2011 alone, Solatube International Dealers installed enough products to reduce over 17 tons of carbon emissions for the year.

The company is best known for its unique line of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), called Solatube Daylighting Systems, which utilize advanced technology to capture natural light from an exterior dome, transfer it down a highly reflective tube and diffuse the light into any interior space.

In order to continue to increase awareness and support of its programs, which includes 22,000 organizations in 192 countries, the Earth Day Network (EDN) accepts donations on its site. To get involved in Earth Day 2012 activities, click here.

Homeowners, as well as design and construction professionals, have learned the benefits of green design, including daylighting, which is a major cost- and energy-saver for new structures and retrofit projects. Solatube Daylighting Systems have been used in numerous LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified projects and are specified in dozens of other buildings awaiting certification and in the design or construction phases.

Solatube is continuously pushing the envelope in terms of daylighting design and technology and seeking out new ways to take advantage of the sun’s energy. According to Westfall, school and government daylighting projects are becoming more popular than ever, and Solatube is working with project teams throughout North America to encourage the adoption of sustainable and eco-friendly building practices.

“The most important thing to remember is to keep moving forward,” Westfall said. “We need to continue learning about and understanding ways we can improve our efforts to go green and live every day as if it is Earth Day.”

About Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network mobilizes over one billion people in 192 countries through year-round advocacy, education, public policy and consumer campaigns to protect the environment. Earth Day is the largest civic observance in the world. For more information, visit http://www.earthday.org.

About Solatube International
Solatube International Inc., based in Vista, Calif. (northern San Diego County), is the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) and celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2011. The company’s flagship product, the Solatube® Daylighting System, provides a revolutionary natural lighting solution for all types of residential and commercial applications and is the only spec-grade TDD currently available on the market. The maxim “Innovation in DaylightingTM” reflects the company’s commitment to the development of breakthrough daylighting technologies, which has resulted in numerous patents dating back to the mid-1980s. Widely recognized as the industry innovator, Solatube International has earned acclaim around the globe for its unrivaled ability to transform interior spaces with the power of daylight. The company is currently taking entries for its 2012 Solatube ICE Awards for Inspired and Creative Excellence in daylighting with Solatube products at http://www.solatubeiceawards.com. For more information on the Solatube Daylighting System or other products manufactured and marketed by Solatube International, including solar-powered attic ventilation fans, please visit the Solatube Web site at http://www.solatube.com or call 888-SOLATUBE (888-765-2882).

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