12/20/2012

Energy-Efficient Lighting

If you have a lamp that requires 75 Watt incandescent bulbs, you'd better stock up now, because production will cease next month.  If you need 60 Watt bulbs, you've got another year to stock up.  And 100 Watt incandescents have already been phased out last January.  Why?  Federal Regulations are calling for new, energy-efficient lighting including CFLs (compact flourescents) and LEDs (light-emitting diodes).  These new types of bulbs are much more energy efficient than the old incandescents, which were first demonstrated by Thomas Edison on December 20, 1879. 

Installing CFLs and LEDs in your home or business can save you money on your energy bills.  As with any new technology, however, it is important to monitor potential health risks.  Energy-efficient light bulbs may have a "dark side":  mercury and exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays.  Click the highlighted links to read more about protecting yourself from these risks.  For more ways to save energy in your home, visit the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment's "What Can YOU Do to Save Energy?" tips.

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