“Make the Switch” on Earth Day

MELVILLE, NEW YORK - Leviton announces its annual "Make the Switch" campaign in support of Earth Day 2011, encouraging homeowners and businesses to evaluate their lighting control needs, so that they can make a big difference in energy consumption and environmental impact.

The Leviton campaign supports the Earth Day 2011 theme of "A Billion Acts of Green" – inspiring and rewarding both everyday individual acts and larger organizational initiatives to further the goals of measurably reducing carbon emissions and creating sustainability. As part of the "Make the Switch" campaign, Leviton is educating consumers with 10 Smart Tips for a Greener Home. The tips include:

• Dimming lights 25 percent cuts energy usage by 20 percent and extends a bulbs life four times longer

• Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps which use 75 percent less energy and last ten times longer

• Switch to Occupancy Sensors with automatic on/off functionality to reduce unnecessary electrical usage and

• If using an incandescent dimmer, simply lowering the light level to 50 percent will reduce energy consumption by 40 percent.

"As the leader in the electrical industry, Leviton is proud to recognize and support Earth Day 2011," said Michael Neary, Leviton Residential Lighting Controls product manager. "Leviton is a company dedicated to energy efficiency, which is why we strive to educate our customers and develop products and solutions that make it simple for them to cut their energy use while saving money in the process."

This year, Earth Day falls on April 22.


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