Lighting Program

Dominion’s Residential Lighting Program ended on December 31, 2011.

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.

Here's information about Dominion’s available programs and tips to conserve energy in your home or business. 

Recycling information

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.

What to Do if a CFL Breaks

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:

  1. Open a window and leave the room for 25 minutes or more.
  2. Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with a stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a sealed plastic bag.
    a. Use disposable rubber gloves, if available (do not use bare hands).  Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the plastic bag.
    b. Do not vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.
  3. Place all cleanup materials in a second sealed plastic bag.
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