Ideas to Save Energy
Using compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) is a great way to lower the amount of energy your home uses. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million home for a year, save more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emission of more than 800,000 cars.
ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulbs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 7 times longer than standard bulbs. They exist in a variety of shapes and styles for any of your lighting needs.
Q: Compact fluorescent lights cost more than regular light bulbs. What do you mean I'll save money by buying them?
A: CFLs use one-quarter of the energy of normal bulbs, and they last seven times longer. Just one spiral compact fluorescent light will save you $53 over the life of the bulb compared to a normal bulb. Imagine the savings if every light in your house was switched to this new technology.
Q: I've heard that you need to take special precautions with CFLs. What are they?
A: CFLs are safe for your home and environment with just a little care. CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury and should be handled and disposed of using a few simple precautions. Always screw and unscrew the bulb by its base (not the glass). If a CFL breaks, open the windows in the room for 15 minutes to air out the area. Use a piece of paper or cardboard to sweep up the broken pieces. Use a wet paper towel to wipe up any remaining glass fragments and place the broken pieces into a sealed plastic bag. Never throw a CFL into the garbage.
Most local hardware and lighting retailers have recycling programs to bring broken and used CFLs to be recycled. In Provo, you can drop off used CFLs for recycling at Home Depot. You can also contact your solid waste service for information on recycling CFLs.