Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
Lighting represents approximately 20 percent of your home’s electricity bill. Switching from incandescent bulbs to CFLs is the simplest step you can take to save money on your energy bill.
Today’s CFLs use advanced technology, are quick to light up, efficient, produce better light and are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
Compared to incandescent light bulbs, CFLs use about one-quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light; last about 10 times longer, and produce 75 percent less heat, which reduces cooling costs.
Because of their unique design, CFLs are typically guaranteed for 10,000 hours, compared with 500-2,000 hours for incandescent bulbs. Their longer rated life means you replace them less frequently, making them convenient for use in hard-to-reach and high-use fixtures. This saves you buying and replacing bulbs. In fact, for each CFL you purchase, you save as many as 13 trips to buy an incandescent bulb. You can see how the savings can add up in your home with our Lighting Calculator.
CAEC provides a service to members and the environment, by taking your used CFLs back for recycling. Proper recycling captures the mercury so it can be reused, rather than being dispersed into the environment. Broken CFLs can be brought to any one of the CAEC service centers in two sealed zip-top plastic bags for disposal.