Save Money with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Reducing your lightbulbs will reduce your energy consumption.


| November/December 2006


How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb and save the planet?

Just one: you.

Replacing a single 75-watt incandes­cent bulb with a 20-watt compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) will reduce your electricity consumption by roughly 550 kilowatt-hours over the bulb's life. That translates to 1,300 pounds less carbon dioxide and 20 pounds less sulfur dioxide released into the atmosphere. Multiply that by all the bulbs in your home, then by all the homes in your neighborhood-think of the savings.

Getting Started

1. Change any bulbs that burn many hours: hallways, kitchens, porches.

2. Begin with bulbs that are difficult to change. Switching to a CFL means you won't have to change it again for five to seven years.





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