Country:United States
Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2008
Date Ended:22 April 2009
Policy Type:Information and Education>Information provision, Voluntary Approaches>Public Voluntary Schemes, Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector)
Policy Target:Appliances
Agency:U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
Description:On 22 April 2008, Earth Day, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) launched the ENERGY STAR Operation Change Out campaign to promote the replacement of standard incandescent lights with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in military housing units. The goal of Operation Change Out was to replace at least one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified model in each residential unit at participating military installations. Progress within the installations was tracked, by following individual pledges, the number of participants within each base, and the number of light bulbs changed. Operation Change Out brought together a variety of actors to help the military installations take on the campaigns challenge, including the involvement of privatised military housing providers, local utilities, light bulb manufacturing partners and retail partners, lamp recyclers, and community groups (both on and off base). The campaign was set to end in October 2008, but was extended through to Earth Day 2009 (22 April). At the end of the programme, over 880,500 inefficient incandescent light bulbs were changed to ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs by campaign participants at over 165 U.S. military installations and housing provider organizations. This light bulb replacement is estimated to have resulted in savings of nearly USD 26.3 million in energy costs, 248 million kWh (electricity) over the life of the bulbs, and prevented 396 million lbs CO2 emissions. In addition, base commissary and exchange stores have noted a significant increase in ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb sales. For example, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which provides merchandise and services to active duty, guard, and reserve members, military retirees and their families, reported a 290% increase in CFL sales compared to last year. Operation Change Out supported federal energy-efficiency goals, such as the Executive Order 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management," and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

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