Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) use up to 75% less energy than standard bulbs, lasts up to 10 times longer and on average can save you more than $30 in energy costs over their lifetime. CFLs come in many different shapes and sizes. Click here to learn more about CFLs from Energy Star or take a tour to help you find the correct lighting.
Lighting accounts for 20% (1/5) of the average home's electric bills.
The average U.S. household has more than 40 sockets for lights in their home. If even five incadescent light bulbs that burn three hours a day are replaced with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs, the average savings could be $225 in electricity over the lifetime of the CFLs.
Source: Dairyland Power Cooperative
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Cleanup and Disposal
It is true that CFL bulbs do contain small amounts of mercury. It is recommended that you follow these procedures for disposal of your light bulbs.
If you break a CFL:
Pick up all glass fragements and put them in a sealed jar or bag. Wipe the area clean in the case of hard floors, or vacuum in the case of carpeting. Place all cleanup materials in the trash, and be sure to wash your hands.
If your CFL has burned out:
You can contact your township for a recycling place or drop them off at Clark Electric Cooperative's office.