Clearing up the Confusion About Fluorescents
From homeowners who put up with bulbs that
hum and flicker because their electricity
bills have gone down, to self-professed
environmentalists who won't use CFLs
because of disposal problems, one thing is
clear: Making the right choice about
energy-efficient lighting requires a
refined understanding of the choices.
Plenty of readers welcome the push toward
energy efficiency, like homeowner Betty
Chrisman, who helps run the appliance
efficiency compliance program for the
California Energy Commission, which
develops and implements energy standards
for new consumer and commercial appliances.
She lives in Granite Bay (Placer County)
and made the switch to CFLs in her home in
February 2001. "Since we switched to CFLs
seven years ago, we continue to use
one-third less electricity than we did
prior to switching to CFLs," she says.
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