According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb, we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, aren’t just better for the environment, they can save you a lot of money on your electric bills.
While they may cost a little more initially, a single CFL lasts 8-15 times longer than any incandescent bulb, with a lifespan of 6,000 to 15,000 hours. This translates to a savings of approximately $30 in electricity costs over the life of the bulb. The cost savings are compounded by the fact that CFLs virtually eliminate the need to constantly change bulbs.
So much has changed for CFLs over the years. No longer are compact fluorescent bulbs playing second fiddle to traditional light bulbs. These green energy saving bulbs come in a variety of sizes, shapes and light ratings to fit almost any lighting fixture. CFLs are more stylish, more mainstream and designed to fit seamless into any room’s décor.
Despite all these benefits, some people are reluctant to switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs because of the trace amounts of mercury contained inside. Unlike incandescent bulbs, CFLs must be disposed of properly. When you’re ready to recycle your light bulbs simply drop them off at a local recycling center.