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Military commissaries are working on a New Year’s resolution to stock and sell more environmentally friendly products this year. Specifically, the Defense Commissary Agency has set a goal of selling 1 million energy-efficient light bulbs in 2008.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are said to use only one-quarter of the energy required of traditional incandescent bulbs, according to the Department Of Energy Web site.

The site displays a chart comparing light output for both types of bulbs. For example, a 75-watt incandescent bulb will put out the same luminescence as an 18-25 watt fluorescent bulb. While the bulbs are a bit more expensive, the Energy Department says they can last up to 10 times as long as regular light bulbs.

The goal of selling 1 million energy-efficient bulbs this year would more than double the volume previously sold, according to DeCA officials. The sales push is part of an overall consumer trend toward energy conservation.

“Rising utility costs, coupled with an increasing awareness on the part of customers about the benefits of conservation, have given us incentive to introduce this … plan,” Rick Page, DeCA’s acting director, said in a news release.

Commissary officials in Europe said that customers should start to see the light bulbs on shelves this March.

For now, the commissaries are stocking other environmentally friendly products such as paper towels made from recycled paper, as well as biodegradable, non-toxic all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergents and dish-washing soaps.

Along with the new light bulbs, consumers in Europe soon will see enviro-friendly kitty litter made from pine particles. DeCA officials in Europe said they will continue to increase the amount of these products on their shelves.

“DeCA and its suppliers watch the trends demonstrated by customer lifestyles and interests,” said Gerri Young, the spokeswoman for DeCA-Europe. “It is quite clear today’s consumer has become more environmentally concerned.”


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