Change means big savings

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2007

I have recently read in your paper about proposed legislative changes in several states that would require incandescent bulbs be replaced with compact fluorescent lights (CLFs).

While creating a law that forbids the use of standard incandescent bulbs seems extreme, I do recognize the benefits of CLFs.

Through research, I learned that switching a single incandescent bulb to a CLF can prevent almost 450 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere over the bulb’s lifetime.

A CLF usually lasts about nine years, reducing replacement costs, as well. CLFs are much more energy efficient, which adds up to big savings on electric bills (about $39 over the life of a CLF replacing a single 60 watt bulb).

Molly Watkins


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