CFL’s consume considerable less power which produces huge savings for your wallet and translates into a lighter carbon footprint in producing the product.
According to www.ajdesigner.com using a compact fluorescent bulb can save about $42.00 in total costs over the lifetime of the bulb and reduce greenhouse gas produced by power plants by about 690 pounds of carbon dioxide. According to the U.S. Energy Star program the CFL will pay for itself in about six months time.
Each CFL contains a small amount of toxic mercury. Absorbing or inhaling mercury has been attributed to causing brain damage in adults and children. Breaking a CFL in your home or disposing of your used CFL’s in the garbage unleashes poison into your environment. The following link gives clean-up instructions should a CFL be broken in your home. http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup-detailed.html
Now one might think that an incandescent bulb offers a better alternative because it does not contain this toxic mercury however further investigation proves otherwise. While the incandescent bulb does not contain mercury it does have a higher overall mercury footprint when compared to the CFL. This is due to the additional energy required to use the bulb over the same time frame.
According to www.mnn.com using CFL’s are one of the easiest ways to shrink your electricity bill and help the environment.
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