Reduce your energy costs with compact fluorescent lighting

Reduce your energy costs with compact fluorescent lighting


Reduce your energy costs with

compact fluorescent lighting

Using compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) in place of incandescent

lighting in your home can reduce your annual residential lighting

costs by 33 percent.

The average home has 30 incandescent lights. The Department of Energy

estimates that replacing the five most frequently used fluorescent

lights with comparable CFLs can save homeowners $60 a year.

CFLs use less wattage and have a longer life span (up to 15 times

longer!) than incandescent lighting.

What is a CFL and where do I use it

A CFL is very similar to the standard fluorescent light seen in offices.

CFLs require less electrical power than an incandescent bulb, thus

providing the savings. For example, a 15-watt CFL can replace a

60-watt bulb and a 20-watt CFL can replace a 75-watt bulb while

providing similar lighting levels.

Read the package to make sure the light meets your color needs.

Warm colors are fine for general indoor use, cooler colors are better

for reading and task areas.

How can a CFL cost more but save me money

While a CFL costs more than an incandescent light, the life of a CFL is

six to 15 times longer. CFLs allow you to replace one CFL for every six

times you are now changing incandescent lights.

CFLs generate less heat than incandescent lights; so, are safer to

operate and can reduce a home’s cooling load in the summer.

Compact fluorescent lights use very small amounts of mercury.

Please dispose of spent bulbs properly.


ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, helps save money and

protects the environment through energy-efficient products and

practices. Energy-efficient products that have attained the ENERGY

STAR label are available in more than 50 product categories, including

lighting and home appliances.

Products that earn ENERGY STAR status are the same or better than

standard products; they just use less energy. To earn ENERGY STAR

status, products must meet strict, energy-efficient criteria set by the

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information about these and other energy-saving

ideas for your home, visit

For more information about saving money and energy,

visit the West Virginia Division of Energy’s Web site



Energy saving articles are available from the

West Virginia Division of Energy on the following topics:

Easily Installing a Programmable Thermostat

Rolling Out Extra Insulation in your Attic

Caulking Gaps Around Windows and Doors to Stop Leaks

Using ENERGY STAR Appliances in the Kitchen

Using ENERGY STAR Appliances while doing the Laundry

Learning about ENERGY STAR Heating and Cooling Equipment

Using the Landscape Around your Home to Lower Energy Bills

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