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What do I do if I hate CFLs?

30 June 2009

For better or worse, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have become the posterchild of the energy efficiency movement.  For better because, yes, they actually work!  EnergyStar-rated CFLs come in a range of colors, sizes and applications, use 75% less energy than incandescents and last seven to ten times longer.  Considering lighting accounts for 20% of the total energy use in the average Minnesota household, these bulbs can make a big difference.  And they’re easy – just screw one in and save!  However, they do have their drawbacks – mainly, that they MUST be recycled – and some people just aren’t comfortable with them.

If you don’t like CFLs and don’t want to use them, that’s okay! There are PLENTY of other things that you can do to improve your home, teach your family how to save energy and save money on utility bills.  Simple actions like washing clothes in cold water, driving the speed limit and fighting phantom load can make a difference. So if you really, really hate CFLs, never fear – there is always room for you to save!  Learn more at the Minnesota Energy Challenge.

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