Another environment conservation project has begun last December 16 at SM malls with the launch of the Department of Energy’s CFL Exchange Program.
In Bulacan, shoppers of SM Baliwag and SM Marilao can trade their old (working or not) incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps or CFL for free.
The CFL Exchange project is part of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) of the DOE that began in September of this year when hundreds of CFLs were distributed in the Manila area. Since then, DOE has initiated a countrywide effort to reduce energy consumption, thus conserving coal and ultimately conserving our natural resources.
CFL or Compact Fluorescent Lamps are a more efficient alternative to using the regular incandescent light bulbs in that it offers significant economical plus environmental savings. When properly used, one CFL has a longer life span than an incandescent – 6,000 to 10,000 hours compared to the 750 to 1,000 hours of a standard incandescent. That is equivalent to eight to ten incandescent bulbs to one CFL.
Based on DOE's studies, CFLs also use 70-80% less energy but offer the same amount of light. The incandescent produces more heat than light.
Under the SM Cares program and its own environmental programs, the CFL Exchange project fits in with one of the four cores: Solid Waste Management, Air Quality Efficiency, Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency.
SM Marilao and SM Baliwag are two of the 20 SM malls that will be advocates of the energy efficiency project,as SM and DOE agree that the malls reach customers who are responsible and are willing to change their lifestyle for a greener and more economical one.
CFLs will be available for exchange at SM CFL Exchange booths. Customers can simply bring their valid October 2009 or November 2009 electric bill and incandescent bulbs to the booth to redeem a maximum of 6 CFLs. The project will run for about a month or until supplies last.