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Change your light bulbs and save energy

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With summer electric bills not far away, now is a good time to change at least a few of the light bulbs in your home or business.

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs offer many advantages over traditional incandescent bulbs. While CFL bulbs may cost more on the front end, they more than pay for themselves. Compared to traditional bulbs, CFL bulbs only need one-fourth as much energy to produce the same light, last up to 10 times longer, and don't give off as much heat. That eases the workload on your air conditioner, may save you money on your electric bills, and can help reduce power plant emissions.

It is important to dispose of used CFL bulbs at a recycling center because they include small amounts of mercury. However, the benefits of these bulbs make them a great choice for all consumers. What's more, CFL technology has come a long way in the last few years, with bulbs now offering more pleasant light and coming in many shapes, sizes and wattages.

Susan L. Macey

Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor Indianapolis

 

Posted 5/14/2007