Did You Know?
One of the easiest and ways to reduce your electricity consumption (and your electric bill) as well as your carbon footprint is to install compact flourescent light bulbs (CFL’s) instead of traditional incandescent bulbs. The Environmental Protection Agency illustrates just how much of an effect CFL’s can have on your electricity consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions:
“If every American home replaced just one light with an ENERGY STAR light, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, about $700 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars.
An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.”
For more on CFL’s, follow this link to the Energy Star website: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=LB