Saving Energy with CFLs
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, which make them an economical and environmentally friendly choice.
There are a few things to remember about them:
- As they contain a small amount of mercury, be careful to dispose of them properly in special recycling centers.
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs are intended to be left on for at least 15 minutes each time. Turning them on and off frequently reduces bulb life.
- If you want to use CFLs with a dimmer switch, buy only those made specifically for this use. Substituting regular CFLs will shorten bulb life and possibly damage the switch itself.