Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Quick Tip:
You can save on your electricity bill by shutting off lights when they are not being used.

Did you know you can also save while using lighting just by changing the type of light bulb in your home?

Consider changing your incandescent light bulbs (standard light bulb) with Compact Fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs use 75% less energy and produce less heat. Compact Fluorescent bulbs can be purchased at most any store where light bulbs are sold. They do cost more to purchase initially, but will last 5 to 10 times longer. Start by changing FIVE bulbs used the most in your household. As your other indoor bulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent bulbs. When you replace 25% of the lights in high-use areas with fluorescent bulbs, you can save around 40% of the lighting portion of your electricity bill.

To replace your incandescent bulb with the equivalent light level compact fluorescent (CF) bulb, look for bulbs 1/4 to 1/3 the wattage. The bulb package will usually tell you the equivalent light replacement. You will replace a 100 watt bulb with a 25 watt CF, a 75 watt bulb with a 20 watt CF, a 60 watt bulb with a 15 watt CF, etc. Compact Fluorescent bulbs are also sold with different life hours. Most are 6,000 to 10,000 life hours. Be sure to compare the price and get the best buy.

Please continue to look for other opportunities to reduce utility consumption in your work, study, living, recreation or learning space on campus.

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