CFL lightbulb surrounded by incandescent bulbs (NOTE: this is used by CCE-Tompkins as the image for $ave Energy, Save Dollars workshops)
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CFLs last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Save Energy with Lighting


  • Turn off lights when you are not using them. One 100 watt bulb left on all night costs about $25 over 12 months.
  • Switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Why? CFLs last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, and use about a fourth as much electricity. After all, 90% of the energy used by an incandescent bulb is wasted as heat - only 10% is converted to light. The EPA estimates that a typical household would save $80 each year by switching to CFLs throughout the house.
  • Try compact fluorescent bulbs in hard-to-reach fixtures. You won't have to replace them for about 5 years!
  • Replace halogen torchiere lights. Use Energy Star labeled compact fluorescent torchieres. They're cheaper to operate and safer to use.
  • Keep bulbs clean Dust can cut light output by a much as 25%.
  • Check sales especially during National Energy Month in October - stores often have sale prices for fluorescent bulbs.

Last updated July 26, 2019