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.
About ENERGY STAR®
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 www.energystar.gov.
For more information about saving money and energy,
visit the West Virginia Division of Energy’s Web site
OTHER ENERGY-SAVING ARTICLES
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