"If we want justice and peace, we must protect the habitat that sustains us."

Pope Benedict XVI, 2010 World Day of Peace



You may remember the saying of The Christophers, " If everyone lit just one little candle what a bright world this would be." If the words were changed a bit they could speak to the environmental concerns of our day, "If everyone lit just one CFL or LED, what a healthy world this would be."  Light emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescents light bulbs (CFLs), "use less than 20% of the energy of a conventional light bulb, and can last up to 15 times longer."

In Michigan, Detroit Edison offers "Home Energy Consultation."  If you are a DTE customer you can set up an appointment for an energy consultant to do a forty-five minute walk through your home.  During the assessment you will learn simple ways to make your home more energy efficient.  The consultant will also replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs; install faucet aerators and water saving showerheads and wrap your water pipes with insulation as needed "at no cost to you."

Many utility companies offer comparable programs.  For example, Efficiency United,, lists eighteen Michigan utilities which offer energy conservation and optimization services like rebates, educational tools and contact information about partner contractors.  Similar programs are offered across the country with variations from state to state and company to company.

CFL Light Bulb

The use of CFLs, LEDs and other energy saving tools not only help our warming world, they reduce your energy bills.  Even more significantly, each action you take brings with it a sense of empowerment filled with hope.  With each bulb you change, each faucet aerator you use, each energy reducing action you take, you help reduce climate change and bring a bit more justice and peace to our suffering world. 

Veronica Blake