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Subject:   No Tricks, Halloween Event Gives Students Energy-saving Treat
For Immediate Release:   
10/23/2007  11:45:00 AM
For More Information Contact:
Anne Ducey (206) 684-3645 or (206) 595-4068


No Tricks, Halloween Event Gives Students Energy-saving Treat
Lighting jack o'lanterns with energy-efficient bulbs


SEATTLE - A Halloween treat on Oct. 30 will help teach some Seattle public-school children an energy-saving trick - use compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Were taking pumpkins to Ms. Christiansons 6th grade class at Summit K-12, explains Anne Ducey, a Seattle City Light conservation specialist. Her students will carve the pumpkins, then put compact fluorescent twisty bulbs inside. After the class lights up their jack o lanterns, well talk about why compact fluorescent bulbs are good for the environment.

Were hitting the peak energy-use season here in the Northwest, and daylight saving time is coming. Combine those factors with the new, lower prices on compact fluorescent bulbs, and its a great time to think about changing all the bulbs in your house. Its a great family project, and Im hoping some of Ms. Christiansons students will go home and suggest it to their parents. Ducey continues, The pumpkin project is a fun way to teach kids about compact fluorescent bulbs and to draw attention to City Lights Twist & Save promotion.

As a partner in the Mayors Seattle Climate Action Now campaign, the utilitys Twist & Save promotion with six Seattle-area retailers means compact fluorescent bulbs are being offered at some of the lowest prices ever -- with the added bonus that no coupons or rebate forms are needed.

Lighting jack olanterns with compact fluorescents is also a way to highlight the new styles of bulbs available for home and office use. The childrens jack o lanterns will be outfitted with the new, mini-twisty, which can fit in a small space, says Ducey. Some of the first CF bulbs were bigger than traditional light bulbs and didnt fit every fixture. The mini-twisty helps solve that problem.

Along with the new mini-twisty, compact fluorescent bulbs are now designed in styles that work in track lights, recessed-can lights and flood lights. Also available -- extra large twisties and globe lights with their twisty innards hidden inside a traditional, round, frosted-glass exterior. Similarly, you can now buy compact fluorescents that look like old-school incandescent bulbs. All those bulbs are available at the Twist & Save promotional prices which will last through 2008. Buy in bulk and some styles cost less than a dollar a bulb.

  • Event Date: October 30th Time: 2 p.m.
  • Location:
    Summit K-12
    11051 34th Ave. N.E., Room 210
    Seattle, WA 98125

    (Members of the media are welcome to attend the light bulb lesson at 2.p.m. in Ms. Christiansons class. Please check in at the schools main office at 1:45 p.m. to be escorted to class.)

  • Directions: http://www.seattleschools.org/schools/summitk-12/to_summit.htm.
  • Call Diane Duthweiler @ (206) 375-0012 if you need to make other arrangements to attend.


Some schooling on compact fluorescent light bulbs:
  • They use up to 75% less energy.
  • With more stringent Energy Star requirements, newer bulbs now show true colors in a range of color temperatures from 2700K - 3500K.
  • A compact fluorescent bulb lasts six to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs are now no-flicker, with rapid or instant illumination and are available in a new soft-white hue.
  • The amount of mercury in compact fluorescent bulbs continues to decrease.
  • A new compact fluorescent bulb averages 2-5 milligrams of mercury - enough to cover the tip of a ball point pen. Thats about 100 times less mercury than youd find in an old-style home thermometer.
  • According to the U.S. Energy Department, coal-fired power plants are the largest, manmade source of mercury emissions. Compact fluorescent bulbs do not emit mercury when they are in use and reduce power demand, helping to cut down on worldwide mercury emissions.
  • For more on buying, using and disposing of compact fluorescent bulbs check out: http://www.seattle.gov/twistandsave.


BETTER, BRIGHTER AND (many) UNDER A BUCK! Compact Fluorescent bulbs are being sold at the special Twist & Save (http://www.seattle.gov/twistandsave) prices at these retailers:
  • Costco at Aurora Village & South Seattle
  • Bartell Drugs in Seattle & Shoreline
  • Ace Hardware in Seattles Maple Leaf neighborhood
  • Home Depot stores in Seattle & Shoreline
  • Lowes stores in Seattle
  • Fred Meyer stores in Seattle & Shoreline
The Twist & Save campaign is part of the Seattle Climate Action Now (Seattle CAN) program launched in September 2007 to give people more tools to fight global warming at home, at work, and on the road. More information at http://www.seattlecan.org.



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