Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

One of the best and easiest things that households can do for the environment is to switch to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) from incandescent light bulbs. CFLs use up to 80 percent less electricity to produce the same amount of light. Although they may cost a little bit more up front, on average CFLs last 10 to 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb.  Once costs for purchase and energy are considered, it is estimated that a single CFL will save an average homeowner at least $30 in electricity over its lifetime. CFLs do contain approximately 4 milligrams of mercury, but they prevent more than 7.5 mg of mercury from being produced by emissions from power generation.  Because of the mercury that CFLs contain it is important to dispose of them safely. For more information about proper disposal of CFLs visit our How to Recycle Fluorescent Lamps website.

More information:

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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