By reducing your energy consumption, you are reducing the need to produce energy from fossil fuels, our primary source of energy. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR® qualified bulb, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, saving more than $600 million in annual energy costs and preventing greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. A 20-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) provides as much light as a 100-watt incandescent bulb and lasts eight times longer.
Every year, more than $13 billion worth of energy leaks from houses through small holes and cracks. That's more than $150 per family.
Once you have installed CFL bulbs in your house, you need to consider proper disposal when they expire. Properly dispose of CFLs in one of the following ways:
- Use the city's Home Chemical Collection Program. Secure your CFLs until Nov. 14 for the Home Chemical Collection event at Irving Mall.
- Take your CFLs to Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center at 11234 Plano Road. Participating in the Home Chemical Collection Program is free to Irving residents (no businesses) with proof of residency, such as a current utility bill and driver's license.
- Drop expired, whole bulbs (no broken bulbs accepted) at either of the Home Depot stores in Irving. Take the CFLs to the returns desk. To find out more about Home Depot's National CFL Bulb Recycling initiative and Eco Options, click here.
- As a last resort, carefully package your bulb in a sealed plastic storage bag and place in the trash.
Prevent energy waste:
- To stop drafts, install weatherstripping around doors and caulk cracks around windows. Check heating and cooling system ducts to make sure all joints are connected and well sealed. Use mastic sealant or foil-backed tape to seal ducts.
- Purchase Green Power for your home's electricity. (Contact your power supplier to see where and if it is available.)
- Lower your energy bill by cleaning the lint trap on your clothes dryer before every load to improve air circulation and reduce energy-wasting drying time. Or hang clothes out to dry. Operating the dryer for an extra 15 minutes per load can cost as much as $34 per year, according to ENERGY STAR®.
- Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems repaired.
- Cut back on air conditioning and heating use if you can.
- Insulate your home, water heater and pipes.
Every year, we use more energy than we did the year before. In fact, the amount of energy Americans use doubles about every 20 years. ENERGY STAR®
is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
and the U.S. Department of Energy
that seeks to help Americans save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.
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