Lighting represents about 20 percent of your home’s electricity bill. Switching from incandescent bulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs is the easiest step you can take to save on your energy bill and help the environment.
CFLs have come a long way in the last 20 years. Today’s ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use advanced technology; are small; quick to light up; efficient; produce better light; and are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Some even work on dimmers or three-way switches.
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In 2007, Americans saved $1.5 billion by switching to ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. The energy saved could light all the households in a city the size of Washington, DC for over 30 years. Put another way, changing these bulbs removes as much greenhouse gas pollution as planting 2.85 million acres of trees or taking 2 million cars off the road each year.