When setting clocks back one hour on Sunday evening, Avista suggests changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs. With longer fall and winter nights, lights are turned on for extended periods of time which can impact your home’s energy use.
A CFL can use up to 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb, but provides the same amount of light. Each CFL can potentially save about $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb, which is seven times longer than an incandescent bulb. That makes CFLs especially convenient for outdoor fixtures that are turned on for long period of times or for hard to reach fixtures.
According to ENERGY STAR®, Americans could annually save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 800,000 cars if every home switched to CFLs.
CFLs contain only four milligrams of mercury, about one-fifth the amount contained in an average watch battery, so it’s important to recycle spent light bulbs. For convenience, residential customers of Avista can recycle their bulbs at no cost at a number of regional facilities where every component of the bulb, including glass and aluminum, are recycled. For a list of the recycling sites, additional information on CFLs and how to select the right bulb for the right spot, visit www.avistautilities.com (key word search: CFL).
For other energy savings tips and information on Avista’s energy efficiency rebates and incentives, visit www.everylittlebit.com.
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 353,000 homes and businesses and natural gas to 313,000 homes and businesses in three Western states, serving more than 492,000 customers. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Avista stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.
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