Make Today Matter...
- 75% less energy is used with an ENERGY STAR-labeled compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) compared to a standard incandescent lightbulb (regular lightbulb).
- ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA as a voluntary labeling program designed to help businesses and individuals choose energy-efficient products wisely and better protect the environment.
- CFLs last up to 10 times longer and save $30 over the life of the bulb.
- CFLs are safer because they produce less than 100 degrees F of heat compared to halogen bulbs at 1,000 degrees F.
- Replacing 1 bulb prevents the release of 300 lbs of carbon dioxide in just 1 year.
- Switching just 1 bulb in every household would reduce carbon dioxide by 90 billion lbs a year.
- If every home replaces 5 frequently used lightbulbs with CFLs, close to $8 billion a year in energy costs could be saved.
Take action today!
- Buy a package of CFL bulbs today.
- Refer to the lumen or light output on the product packaging as your guide to determine correct wattage.
- Replace at least 1 regular lightbulb with a CFL bulb. The more bulbs you change, the better it is for the environment and your wallet.
- Place qualified CFLs in the fixtures you use most frequently.
- Use qualified CFLs in the fixtures that are hard to reach such as ceiling fans, other ceiling fixtures, and enclosed outdoor fixtures.
- Call your local waste management company to ask for proper disposal methods: CFL bulbs should not be thrown away in your home or office garbage can. Many major retailers also offer take-back programs.
Finally...A bright idea.
The amount of pollution equivalent to the emissions of 2 million cars can be removed from the atmosphere if every household in America replaces 1 lightbulb with an ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL bulb.
Just 1 bulb. Will you do it? How about 5?
(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)