Green News: Light bulbs can make a difference in energy efficiency

For everything you do, there’s a green choice that’s good for you and the environment. Here, you’ll find information about how people, companies and organizations are embracing “green technology” and discovering environmentally-responsible alternatives to older technology.

Let’s talk light bulbs! Following the path of their environmental policy, the Rockford Park District has included “conserve resources through energy efficiency and conservation in operations” as one of the goals.

It was a short leap to…as light bulbs needed replacement, the new technology fluorescent light bulbs were purchased. The next step was to find a place to recycle or properly dispose of both the old style and new style. Now what? They hope to search down those desk lamps to get the bulbs replaced with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).

There are compelling reasons to change, including the following:

Replace a 100-watt bulb and save $100-plus in electricity costs over the lifetime of each bulb.

OK, CFLs are more expensive, but they last 15 times longer than the average incandescent.

Stay cool and use CFLs. Only 10 percent of the energy an incandescent bulb uses is converted to light; the rest is turned into heat! Ouch, then you spent more electricity trying to keep the house cool!

Here’s the BIG WOW—replace 10 100-watt light bulbs with CFLs, and you’ll reduce the same amount of CO2 that an SUV emits over an average year of driving (according to ideal bite). If you are remembering how difficult it was to find the right bulb, right shape and size, now there are no excuses. These bulbs are easy to find at local home centers and hardware stores.

What’s next? After you get all the bulbs in your home replaced, consider talking to your employer about how much will be saved if the same thing is done at your place of employment. Remember those grandchildren and how much they’ll appreciate your help in saving our environment.

From the Aug. 2-8, 2006, issue

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