Step 3: Multiplying the Power of Change

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) consume only 25% as much energy as traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 15 times longer. The Empire State Building is encouraging all of our tenants to use these more efficient bulbs.

1 If you replace just one typical (60 Watt) incandescent bulb in your house with a CFL, you could save $15 a year.
2 If each of our 3.5 million visitors replaced one bulb, we could save $53 million a year.
3 If each of the over 100 million American households replaced just one bulb, we would save enough money to power a city of over 1.5 million people for a year.

Now consider that the average US household has 45 light bulbs… just imagine the savings. And new technologies using light emitting diodes will soon be available to consumers at a lower cost, providing opportunities for even greater savings. We are testing new LED fixtures in the Empire State Building right now!

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