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Using Compact Fluorescents (CFL's)
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs


I have installed Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL's . . . the little curly Q lights) and have seen my electric bill usage be 20% lower than the previous periods from a year ago.   This savings doesn't even take into account the fact that you typically have to replace them every 2-3 years. 

These little lights have drawbacks, you can't throw them out in the regular trash but here is a list of places you can drop them off here in Idaho.


and unless you buy special ones you can't use a dimmer switch.  But the amazing thing is how fast the industry is responding with all sorts of specialty CFL's check out this link to see the variety and sizes


ENERGY STAR qualified CFL's:

  • ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb's lifetime.
  • Produce about 75 percent less heat, so they're safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.

All of the homes I construct have at LEAST 50% of the fixtures as CFL's and I look forward to hearing the feedback from my buyers as time goes on. 

Posted by Nic Stover at 12/9/2007 9:45:00 PM
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Re:Using Compact Fluorescents (CFL's)
Thanks for the list of CFL recylcers-this is helpful as the obvious concern is the mercury residue. With the recent price drop and affordability of this efficient lighting as well as the availability of safe disposal centers we see a great future for this energy saving device.
Posted by on 1/6/2008 5:23 PM
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