Right now, there are so many different light bulbs out there it’s hard to know which one to choose. Choosing an environmentally friendly light bulb can not only help the environment, but it can also save your family money on electricity bills!

A traditional 60- watt light bulb can last about 750- 1,000 hours, whereas if you use an energy efficient light bulb, at 15 watts, you are able to save three- quarters of the energy that is used in a traditional bulb. Not only do you save energy, but it will last ten times longer than a traditional bulb!

The only thing you have to watch out for, with the energy efficient light bulbs, is how you dispose of it. These light bulbs contain mercury (about 4 mg) that will emit from the bulb if it breaks. Therefore, the best way to dispose an energy efficient light bulb is to bring it to a place that recycles these light bulbs, safely. Call 1.800.CLEAN.UP to find your closest recycling program.

If you have broken a bulb, the best thing to do is follow these instructions:

  • Open nearby window to let all the escaped vapor out.
  • Using gloves, a dustpan, and a broom, sweep up all fragments. DO NOT TOUCH IT WITH YOUR HANDS! Make sure the area is wiped up completely. Use a damp disposable paper towel for smaller glass fragments. DO NOT USE YOUR VACUUM CLEANER!
  • Place all the fragments into a sealed plastic bag and take it to your closest recycling program. Although theses light bulbs may seem scary, they really aren’t. The mercury in them does not contain as much mercury as in, say, a normal thermometer (500 mg). Just use the proper precautions when disposing of it.

Also, yes, these light bulbs do cost a little more than traditional light bulbs, but…

It’s better to pay a small price today than it is to pay a bigger price tomorrow.

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