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Few of us give any thought at all as to thetypes of light bulbs we buy
and the energy theyconsume, let alone the pollution generated by thelocal power plant as it generates the energy we areconsuming. But recently, as energy costs have risen,more and more people think about these issues or atthe very least, how one can lower monthly energybills. Fortunately,
the same actions that willlower energy costs will also decrease pollution
.When shopping for bulbs, it’s easy to getoverwhelmed by the wide range of options. Tosimplify matters, most businesses are concernedwith four major options: Incandescent, fluorescent,compact fluorescent and low-mercury (green-tip)fluorescent.Incandescent bulbs and fluorescent bulbs arethemost common lighting used in businesses today.
Switching to either compact fluorescent orlow-mercuryfluorescent bulbs can have amajor impact on energy cost
savings, as well aslessen your contribution to energy production-related pollution, including global warming
.Follow these links to learnmore aboutcompactfluorescentandlow-mercurybulbs,and to use the
cost-benefit calculators to determine how muchswitching will save you.
Switching from incandescent to fluorescentwill save energy
.Incandescent bulbs are veryinefficient since their mode of generating light is justaby-product of generating heat. But fluorescentbulbs produce light in a very different and moreefficient way. That is why you can buy a 15-watt (w)fluorescent bulb that generates the same amount oflight as a 60w incandescent. This makes afluorescent bulb four to six times more efficient
.Additionally, consider reducing wattage in areas suchas hallways and reception areas to further increasesavings and pollution prevention benefits.
If you’re currently using incandescent or evenfluorescent bulbs, you may be unfamiliar with usedbulb recycling. Incandescent bulbs can be thrown inthe trash with no problem.
Abusiness throwingaway fluorescent bulbs is
Light Bulb Facts
Small Business Pollution Prevention CenterIowa Waste Reduction Center September 2006Funded through the US EPA Region 7Grant Number X-98748101-0
Impact of Pollution PreventionIowa Waste Reduction Centerwww.IWRC.org/SBPPC