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Lighting Choices in the New Year Light Bulbs
Lighting accounts for nearly 11 percent of an average household’s energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Here are some Lighting Myths and Facts [pdf] to help you make the right choice when it comes to lighting your home. (source: U.S. Department of Energy)

Compact  Florescent Light (CFL) Bulbs
Did you know that if every American home replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR® qualified compact florescent light (CFL) bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, about $700 million in annual energy costs and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars? Source: U.S. Department of Energy

  • CFLs use 75 percent less energy, saving you money on your monthly utility bill
  • Last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs 
  • Can be used almost anywhere standard bulbs are used, including lamps, recessed lighting fixtures and certain outdoor fixtures

Lighting Calculator

Click here to use a special lighting calculator and see how much you can save by making the switch.

Money-Saving Lighting Tips

  • Turn off lights when not in use and install timer switches or photoelectric controls on outdoor lighting.
  • Place light reflecting floor lamps and hanging lamps in corners or near walls to produce better room lighting.
  • Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs reduces heat, which means your air conditioner won’t need to work as hard.
  • Place ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs in fixtures you use most frequently. CFLs work best when operated for two or more hours at a time. Certain CFLs are designed to work in dimmable, three-way fixtures that are hard to reach, such as ceiling fans and outdoor light fixtures.
  • CFLs last longer and won’t need to be changed as often as an incandescent bulb. What to Do If a Bulb Breaks
    Using compact fluorescent light bulbs to light your home or business is an easy and popular method to reduce energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, and if one should break, it is important to know what to do.

Actions to Avoid with Broken CFLs 

  •  Never use a vacuum cleaner to clean up mercury. The vacuum will put mercury into the air and increase exposure. (To vacuum bulb fragments from a carpet or rug, see the “Carpeting or Rug” section.)
  • Never use a broom to clean up mercury. It will break the mercury into smaller droplets and spread them.
  • Never pour mercury down a drain. It may lodge in the plumbing and cause future problems during plumbing repairs. If discharged, it can cause pollution of the septic tank or sewage treatment plant.
  • Never wash clothing or other items that have come in direct contact with mercury in a washing machine, because mercury may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage. Clothing that has come into direct contact with mercury should be discarded. You can wash clothing or other materials that have been exposed to the mercury vapor from a broken CFL, like the clothing you wore when cleaning up the broken CFL, as long as there was no direct contact with the materials from the broken bulb.

Clean-up of Broken CFLs 
    Before Clean-up: Ventilate the Room

  • Have people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk through the breakage area.
  • Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.
  • Shut off the central heating/cooling system if it’s on.

    Hard Surfaces
  • Carefully scoop up glass pieces and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
  • Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place towels in the glass jar or plastic bag.
  • Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.
    Carpeting or Rug
  • Carefully pick up glass fragments and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
  • If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken.
  • Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put the bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag.
  • If shoes come into direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from the bulb, wipe them off with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the towels or wipes in a glass jar or plastic bag for disposal.

Proper Disposal of CFLs
When disposing of CFLs, please be sure to take them to household hazardous waste facilities that responsibly collect and dispose of these and other household hazardous waste materials. Below is a list of drop-off centers in and near IID’s service area that will accept these items. Some locations may require identification and/or a small fee. 

Imperial Valley 

Home Depot 
320 Wake Ave, El Centro 
Phone: (760) 353-0362
www.homedepot.com

Imperial Valley Resource Management Agency, El Centro 
702 E. Heil Avenue, El Centro 
Hours: Saturdays, 8 A.M. to12 P.M.

Imperial Valley Resource Management Agency, Brawley
180 S. Western Avenue, Brawley 
Hours: Sundays, 8 A.M. to 12 P.M., except holidays
Phone: 1-877-RECYCLE or 1-877-732-9253
www.ivrma.org

Coachella Valley

Home Depot Stores, Indio 
42-100 Jackson Street
Phone: (760) 347-7410

La Quinta
79-900 Highway 111
Phone: (760) 347-8722

Rancho Mirage
34-249 Monterey Avenue
Phone: (760) 324-0100
www.homedepot.com

Palm Springs Regional HHW Collection Facility
1100 Vella Road, Palm Springs, 92264 Hours: October - May, Saturdays, 9 AM to 2 PM & June - September, Saturdays, 7 AM to 12 PM, except holidays
www.rivcowm.org
Open to all Coachella Valley residents.

Palm Desert City Household Waste Drop-off Site
41-800 Corporate Way, Palm Desert
Phone: (760) 340-2113
Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., except holidays
Services available to Palm Desert residents only.

For more information about compact fluorescent light bulbs, please contact IID’s Energy Management and Strategic Marketing Office at 1-800-303-7756 or (760) 482-3505.

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