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10/09

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Wal-Mart, SAM'S CLUB Associates Help Customers Change a Light, Change the World

Changing the five most frequently used light bulbs in your home to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) could save you $80 a year in energy costs, and help lower the air emissions from your local electric utility.

This simple step, and others like it, are part of a nationwide educational program called Change a Light, Change the World. It’s a cooperative effort between Wal-Mart, SAM’S CLUB, other American businesses and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program.

This month, Wal-Mart, SAM’S CLUB and ENERGY STAR will teach consumers about the benefits of energy-efficient lighting products. The bottom line is that changing just one light bulb can save money and energy, and it helps the environment.

"We’re proud to join ENERGY STAR in bringing Change a Light, Change the World to Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB customers in more than 3,200 communities in all 50 states," said Scott McCall, vice president/divisional merchandise manager, hardware, for Wal-Mart. "If every household in America changed just one standard light bulb to a compact fluorescent lamp, Americans would save $800 million in annual energy costs and 8.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity - enough to power more than 800,000 U.S. homes for a whole year. Even more, the reduced air pollution would be equal to removing 1.2 million cars from the road for a year."

Christie Whitman, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said, "Change a Light, Change the World embodies the EPA’s commitment to building voluntary partnerships between communities, businesses, and the government, and the difference this can make for the environment."

Throughout the month-long campaign, Wal-Mart stores and SAM’S CLUBS will make energy-efficient lighting products, such as fixtures and compact fluorescent lamps, available through local, regional and national promotions.

ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs and lighting products typically are up to 75 percent more efficient th an standard products but produce the same amount of light and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. A CFL used an average of four hours a day will last for five years. CFLs initially are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but consumers see a quick return on their investment because CFLs save money on energy bills and will outlast up to 10 standard light bulbs.

ENERGY STAR, jointly managed by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, enables customers to easily identify energy-efficient appliances, electronics office equipment, lighting, heating and cooling equipment, buildings and homes. For more information about ENERGY STAR and Change a Light, Change the World, visit www.changealight.com or call 1-888-STAR-YES.

With annual sales of $191 billion, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more than 2,700 discount stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, and more than 490 SAM’S CLUBS in the United States. Last year Wal-Mart associates raised and contributed more than $190 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. FORTUNE magazine has named Wal-Mart the third "most admired" company in America and one of the 100 best companies to work for in the United States, and Americans named Wal-Mart the company they think of first in supporting local causes and issues, according to Cone, Inc. More information about Wal-Mart can be located on-line at www.walmartstores.com and www.walmart.com. The SAM’S CLUB Web site can be accessed at www.samsclub.com.