The Basics

Lighting Products

1 Change

Those Lightbulbs!

All of the energy used to power Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs is converted into light, unlike standard incandescent bulbs which use a tremendous amount of energy to…heat up. This is why CFL’s reduce energy usage and carbon dioxide emissions by about 75% and last about 10 times as long as standard bulbs. Initially they can costs up to 3 times as much as standard bulbs, but in the long run they will save between $24 and $59 per bulb on your energy bill so they are very much worth the initial purchase. These energy savers contain a little mercury (4-5 mg) so it is important that they are recycled. If they are thrown away, they will end up in the landfill where the mercury can severely harm soil and groundwater. Find out where CFLs can be recycled near you

2 Turn Off

Lights Not in Use!

This is one of the simplest and easiest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money…that is, of course, if you can get into the habit of hitting the switch on the way out.  The energy used to power your lights most likely comes from a greenhouse gas emitting source such as coal, oil, natural gas. Turning your lights off your when they are not needed will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save you money on your energy bill, but will also extend the bulb’s life, which will in turn save you money on replacement bulbs. Learn how to calculate the exact amount of money your home will save

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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
-Greek Proverb