Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Green Living Feature of the Week - CFL Lighting
I saw an impressive statistic, that every household in the U.S. replacing one incandescent bulb with a CFL would result in the same emission reduction as taking 1 million cars off the road.
Wow-- think of the effect of replacing ALL incandescents with CFL's!
CFL's do contain some mercury, so they should be recycled rather than thrown in the trash. I'm taking them to the local Home Depot; all of their stores accept CFL's. If there is not a store locally, the Earth911.com website shows nationwide recycling locations for almost all recyclables.
The next generation of energy efficient lighting is LED (light emitting diode) lighting. The LED runs even cooler and uses even less power than the CFL, but is more expensive. Recent improvements in LED technology should reduce prices as production increases.