FAQ: Should I Toss My Incandescents?
Since 20% of the average Minnesotan’s energy is spent towards lighting and electronics, a smart and easy way to cut down on your bills is to replace old incandescents with new efficient (ENERGY STAR rated) compact fluorescent light bulbs. Since CFLs use 75% less electricity and last longer, they’re one of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce energy waste in a home.
But what should I do with old incandescents that are still, technically, working?
I’ve talked to some Minnesotans who feel uncomfortable taking out and throwing away “perfectly good light bulbs” just so they can put in compact fluorescents. Yet, they know that putting in CFLs will help them save money in the long run, so they’re torn. Luckily enough, you don’t have to throw incandescents in the trash to save energy. You’ll get the most bang for your buck by installing CFLs in high use areas: living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens. Closets, not so much. So take those old incandescents out of your kitchen and use them for your closets, basement stairs, laundry room, tool shed – places where lights aren’t left off for long periods. You’ll get energy savings and lower utility bills with less waste.