Switching from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescents is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to reduce your energy bill. In most homes, lighting accounts for 5 to 10 percent of the energy used. Business energy use for lighting is often much higher. CFLs use a quarter of the energy consumed by traditional incandescent lighting. Start by replacing bulbs that are used the most.
Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and should be recycled. To find the closest hazardous waste disposal site call 1-800-recycle. For more information about recycling household lamps go to www.lamprecycle.org.
Below are guides to energy-efficient lighting from trusted sources:
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: Condensed On-line Version
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Consumer's Guide, Lighting and Daylighting
Energy Savers, Lighting
Energy Star, Light Bulbs and Fixtures
Lighting Design Lab, Commercial
The Rocky Mountain Institute, Home Energy Brief #2, Lighting (Registration is required to download this free publications.)
Seattle City Light, Efficient Lighting Fixtures for the Home
ENERGYguide, Lighting Calc
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