Using Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Should I use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)?
Switching from traditional light bulbs to CFLs is an effective, easy change that many Anaheim homeowners are making right now to reduce energy use and help prevent greenhouse gas emissions that may contribute to global climate change. It's easy to understand why.
  • CFLs can replace incandescent bulbs that are roughly 3-4 times their wattage, saving up to 75% of the initial lighting energy.
  • CFLs combine the energy efficiency of fluorescent lighting with the convenience and popularity of incandescent fixtures. Learn more about fluorescent lighting.
  • Lighting accounts for close to 20% of the average household electric use, so something as simple as changing a light bulb can make a big difference.
Changing to CFLs costs a bit more upfront, but because they last 6-15 times longer (6,000-15,000 hours) and are huge energy-saving replacements in areas where lights are on for long periods of time, the initial investment pays off in a big way. And right now, Anaheim residential customers who sign up for a free home utility checkup receive up to 5 free energy-saving CFLs to jump-start their energy savings.

The fact is, if every home in America replaced just 1 incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of over 800,000 cars annually.