The US Environmental ProtectionAgency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) named Georgia Power as a 2007 Excellence in Energy Star Promotion Award winner for its “Change a Light, Change the World” campaign launched in Georgia last year; the company was recognized for its accomplishments in promoting energy efficiency at an awards ceremony March 21 in Washington, DC.

An Energy Star partner since 2004, Georgia Power gave away 80,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) through its Change a Light campaign, resulting in Georgia leading the nation as the state with the largest number of consumers taking the pledge to change at least one standard light bulb in their home to an Energy Star CFL. The company received 71,000 customer pledges and provided nearly 10,000 CFLs to low-income housing authorities.

According to the Energy Star Web site, Georgia Power customers who took the Change a Light pledge will help save $1.8 million in energy costs and prevent 29.8 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Excellence in Energy Star Promotion Award is given to a variety of organizations to recognize their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution, resulting in significant cost savings. Award winners are selected from more than 9,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.            EC