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Compact fluorescent light bulbs are similar to standard light bulbs but they last much longer and are much better for the environment. They have been nationally recognized as part of the ‘energy star’ program to help American renters and homeowners cut down on their electrical costs and help reduce greenhouse gases. You can do your part as a renter by choosing to install compact fluorescent light bulbs in your rental home rather than the standard light bulbs. Make the switch and see the difference on your next energy bill.

Switching to Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Changing a fluorescent light bulb is the same process as changing a standard light bulb, and its much easier than keeping multiple pets in rental apartments. Make sure the light is switched off and cold before you attempt to change the bulb to avoid a burn. Turn the old light bulb in a firm manner and turn it counter clockwise to loosen it from the socket. You can dispose of the old light bulb in a garbage bin. Installing a compact florescent light bulb requires you to insert the bulb into the socket and turn it clockwise until the bulb is snug. Test to make sure the light bulb works.

One thing to remember about fluorescent light bulbs is that they work better for a longer period of time which means it is actually better to keep them on for an extended period of time to increase the life span rather than constantly switching them on and off.

Benefits to Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs can save you a small fortune on your electricity bills each year all the while helping reduce your energy consumption and saving the environment. By replacing your ordinary light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs, you will be reducing your greenhouse gases and fossil fuel use, two big factors involved in the environmental crisis we are currently facing.

Fluorescent light bulbs also last a lot longer which means much less maintenance and changing required. General light bulbs are built to last around 1000 hours while compact fluorescent light bulbs last for 10,000 hours. For many households, this means you will be using the same light bulb for five to ten years.

Although fluorescent light bulbs will cost more than standard light bulbs, they can save you money in the long run as they cost less to run and will last much longer. Because they use around 75 percent less electricity than general light bulbs you can expect this savings to be passed onto your electricity bills. Even if you are renting and not responsible for paying for the energy bills, you are still helping the environment as well as your landlord by making the switch.

Another reason to install compact fluorescent light bulbs in your home is because the produce up to 75 percent less heat than standard bulbs which means your home remains in a cooler, more comfortable temperature.

Many people assume that the type of light bulbs they are using will not make much of a difference in terms of energy costs but this is actually not the case. By making the switch to fluorescent light bulbs and turning off the lights when you don’t need them, you will notice the difference in your electrical bill right away. Consider this: if every single home in the United States replaced just one light bulb with a compact fluorescent light, we could save a collective $600 million in energy costs each year. By replacing your light bulbs with energy efficient ones, you are taking a big step in making the world a better place for the next generation.

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