At Cleveland Public Power we encourage energy efficiency and ways to reduce energy costs there by influencing the environment. Living in more efficient ways, making small changes can make the difference. A good place to start is at your home. Changing household electric bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs, washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot are some of the steps that can reduce energy usage.
One easy way to reduce energy consumption in your home is by installing Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL’s). They are small fluorescent lights which fit into standard light sockets. They have longer lives and use less energy than a standard (incandescent) light bulb. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to replace incandescent bulbs of 40, 60, 75 and 100 watts.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Factsheet
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) last longer than typical incandescent light bulbs, and use less energy.
If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road.
Replacing a 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
CFLs operate at less than 100° F, they are also safer than typical halogen bulbs, which are frequently used in floor lamps, and burn at 1,000° F. Due to their high heat output, halogens can cause burns and fires.
CFLs provide the same amount of light (lumens) as standard incandescent bulbs, but have lower wattage ratings.
CFLs are lower in mercury compared to other types of bulbs. According to the EPA, while CFLs do contain very small amounts of Mercury, they do not release mercury during use unless broken. Care should be taken when disposing of CFL lightbulbs.
CFLs last about eight times as long as incandescent bulbs. They only need to be replaced every five to six years.
CFLs contain four milligrams of mercury, approximately half the mercury found in a linear fluorescent lamp. Mercury vapor will only be released when the lamp is broken while operating. Most lamp manufacturers offer a "low mercury" or environmentally friendly lamp. The green socket or end cap identifies these lamps.
To maximize savings, use CFLs in places where lights are on for long periods of time. Frequent switching on and off will shorten the CFL's life.
If every household replaced its most commonly used incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, electricity use for lighting could be cut in half. Doing so would lower our annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 125 billion pounds. This action alone could halt the growth in carbon dioxide emissions from the United States, given recent growth rates.
Turn off the lights when not in use.
Use a single more powerful light where you now have two or more. Small voltage incandescent lights are less efficient. It takes two 60-watt bulbs to provide the same light as one 100-watt bulb.