Traditional light bulbs (incandescent bulbs) were invented over a century ago, but they are still used today. They are very inefficient, converting only about 5% of the energy they receive into light.

A CFL bulb (which stands for compact fluorescent lamp) works in a similar manner to traditional lightbulbs except they are reliable, they last longer and they use less energy. To be more specific, CFLs use about 75% less energy than standard bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, AND produce the same amount of light.  

So if you want to start changing the world, start by changing a few light bulbs. CFLs might be a little more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, but they SAVE you more over time. On average, they save you $30 in energy costs per bulb.

Here are a few more facts about CFLs to convince you to see the light with energy saving bulbs:

  • If every household replaced just one regular incandescent light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the equivalent of taking 7.5 million cars off the road.

  • By replacing just one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, Americans would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year.


  • CFLs generate 70% less heat, so they are safer to operate and can also reduce energy costs associated with cooling homes and offices.


  • The average CFL lasts 10,000 hours- that equals about 9 years!


Make sure you properly recycle your CFLs! If CFLs are thrown away and end up in land fills, they can contaminate air, soil and water, potentially placing public health at risk because of the small amount of mercury they contain. Most home improvement stores (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware) offer free recycling of CFL bulbs. Go to to find the nearest location to recycle your CFLs!


#GoWilde and light up your lives in an eco-friendly way!