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Participate in National Day of Service with ENERGY STAR and LED lights

At his inauguration four years ago, President Barack Obama began a tradition by calling on Americans in all 50 states to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in the National Day of Service on January 19th. While the inauguration falls on January 21st this year, Obama is nevertheless calling on all Americans to continue the tradition with some kind of community service project or effort.

"One of the themes of the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is 'unite in America's service,' Michelle Nunn, CEO of nonprofit group Points of Light, told the Christian Science Monitor. "And I do believe that if you look at the history of this country, and you think about one of the defining characteristics of this country, that we have a great civic spirit and a great sense of citizenship and service."

One good way of participating in this National Day of Service is to take part in the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign. According to ENERGY STAR, the campaign has set goals of educating others about protecting our climate and saving energy, measuring and promoting savings from pledge actions, and demonstrating environmental commitment.

One of the best ways to reduce one's energy usage is to switch all the bulb types in a household to more energy-efficient LED lights. ENERGY STAR notes that LED lighting uses at least 75 percent less energy than traditional lighting fixtures and bulb types. Additionally, it lasts35 to 50 times longer than incandescent lights, which reduces the need to replace or maintain the fixtures on a regular basis. Take the pledge to be more conscious of your energy usage on this National Day of Service by switching to LED lights.