As part of the government’s energy conservation program Change a Light, Change the World, MaxLite, Pine Brook, N.J., and other Energy Star partners recently donated energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and fixtures to a charity benefiting low-income households in Connecticut. The charity, Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April, helps homeowners make the initial investment in energy efficient lighting.

“The lighting donations made by Energy Star’s partners will not only directly benefit many people in Hartford and around the country, but will also illustrate to the entire community how easy it is to realize the benefits of energy efficiency,” says Greg Secord, executive director of Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April.

Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, jointly managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. The label was created to help consumers quickly and easily identify lighting products, appliances, and a range of other products that save energy, money, and help to protect the environment.

During the Change a Light, Change the World program, partners (that include GE Lighting, Panasonic Lighting, and Philips Lighting) will make energy-efficient lighting products available to all consumers through local, regional, and national promotions.

The program’s supporters are so determined to spread the word about energy efficient lighting because if every U.S. household participates in the campaign and uses Energy Star lights, the country could save as much as $800 million in energy bills, according to Christie Whitman, administrator of the EPA.

In addition to MaxLite’s efforts, The Home Depot has donated more than 2,500 Energy Star qualified light bulbs as well as 250 fixtures to the charity for use in renovation projects around the nation.