Replacing your standard incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs is an easy and cost effective way to practice energy conservation in your home. CFLs not only use approximately 75% less energy, they can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Calculations based on information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that purchases of approximately 7.8 million bulbs through Dominion’s discount programs from 2007 through 2011 are projected to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 1.7 million tons, or the equivalent of removing approximately 305,000 cars from the road for a year.
You can increase the environmental benefits of CFLs by disposing of used bulbs properly. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that consumers take advantage of available local recycling options for CFLs. To learn more about the very small amount of mercury in CFLs, visit the ENERGYSTAR® factsheet.
For a full list of Virginia recycling vendors, please visit the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's website.
The cool-burning illumination of a CFL is made possible by a trace amount (5 milligrams) of mercury, an amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. The EPA recommends taking the following steps: