Using compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of the traditional incandescent variety is the easiest, quickest and least costly way to begin saving energy. What’s more, virtually everyone can take advantage of this energy saving step, and you can get started immediately.
- ENERGY STAR CFL’s use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.
- CFL’s also last up to 10 times longer.
- CFL’s produce 75% less heat, so they help reduce your air conditioning costs.
- Over its lifetime, each CFL can save you more than $40 in electricity costs.
Using CFL’s is a small effort that makes a big impact, both for you personally and for the environment. If every home in the U.S. replaced only one bulb with a CFL, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for an entire year. This also would prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That reduction in emissions is equivalent to taking 800,000 cars off the road! Even if you replace your bulbs one by one over time, you’re making a difference.