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Light it up right
Student-led light bulb exchange program aims to decrease electricity use

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2007) -- Residents of the Wilson, Crawford and Bryan Halls at Ohio University are being given a chance to light it up right -- by exchanging inefficient incandescent light bulbs for eco-friendly compact fluorescents, entirely free of charge. A total of 756 bulbs are slated to be exchanged throughout the week at those residence halls.

The Light It Up Right project aims to increase awareness of the need for energy conservation in the residence halls and to provide students with a tangible means of participating in energy conservation. Further, by taking part in this project, students will also help to reduce the university's energy bills and carbon emissions.

Light It Up Right is a project of the Sustainable Living Organization, working in collaboration with the Office of Resource Conservation at Ohio University. The exchange program has been timed to coincide with the Residence Challenge, our annual inter-hall energy and water competition. The Residence Challenge runs from Jan. 28 through March 17.

Compact fluorescent bulbs use only a sixth the amount of energy consumed by a standard incandescent light bulb to produce the same amount of light. This pilot project will be evaluated as a basis for expanding it in future years to include all residents of the halls.

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Media Contact: Sonia Marcus, (740) 593-0026 or marcuss@ohio.edu or  Media Relations Coordinator, or Jessica Stark, (740) 597-2938 orstarkj@ohio.edu

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