Electrical Tips

Use compact fluorescent bulbs or fluorescent tubes where possible. Incandescent bulbs are the least efficient source of light. If you’re going to do just one thing for the planet, make it the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Although they cost several times more upfront than regular incandescent light bulbs, they also last about 10 times longer, which means that for every CFL you screw in, you’ll be saving eight incandescent light bulbs from landfill purgatory. Plus, you’ll save some serious cash in the long run. Because CFLs use 75 percent less energy, swapping one incandescent bulb for a CFL reduces carbon dioxide by 500 pounds a year; replacing 17 has the equivalent effect of taking one car off the road for a year. Just remember to recycle spent bulbs responsibly – CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury, which although isn’t enough to be hazardous to you, could pose a problem in landfills when mercury from multiple bulbs leaches into the ground.

Guidelines for Replacing Incandescent Bulbs with Fluorescent Bulbs

Existing Replace with
60 Watt 15 Watt Compact
75 Watt 20 Watt Compact
100 Watt 26 or 27 Watt
150 Watt 30 Ultra Watt
Cost Comparison
60 Watt 15 Watt
Cost of Bulb $ .75 $6
Hours per Day 5 5
Hours per Year 1825 1825
Kilowatt-hours per Year 110 27
Cost per Year (at $ .12 per kilowatt-hour) $13.20 $3.24
60 Watts Reduced to 15 Watts = 45 Watt Reduction = $13.20 – $3.24 = $9.96 Savings per Year

CFL Disposal – Residents that have old fluorescent bulb hanging around the house don’t have to wait until OCRRA’s next Household Hazardous Waste Day to dispose of them properly! Now you can bring them to any of the following ACE and True Value Hardware stores where they will be recycled. OCRRA makes this free disposal option available to all households in Onondaga County.

True Value Hardware Stores ACE Hardware Stores
Lafayette True Value, 2945 Route 11, Lafayette Marcellus ACE Hardware, 15 North St., Marcellus
Bob’s True Value, 4805 South Salina St., Syracuse Village ACE Hardware, 204 S. Manlius St., Fayetteville
Nightingale True Value, 3525 James St., Syracuse Village ACE Hardware, 43 E. Genesee St., Baldwinsville
Manlius True Value, 8225 Cazenovia Rd., Manlius Noble ACE Hardware, 237 E. Main St., Elbridge
Wrightway True Value, 9236 Oswego Rd., Baldwinsville Gravina Gardens & ACE, 4850 Buckley Rd., Liverpool
Nightingale True Value, 4068 South Ave., Marcellus Suburban ACE Hardware, 7990 Oswego Rd., Liverpool
City True Value, 214 South Geddes St., Syracuse Salt City ACE Hardware, 325 Nottingham Rd., Syracuse

Turn lights and other electric items off when you finish using them or leave the room. You may not know it, but households across the nation are infested with Energy eaters. Cleverly disguised as innocuous household appliances (your television is one of them), with their three prongs plunged into your wall outlets, draining power all hours of the day and night, even after you’ve switched them off! (Americans pay $1 billion a year to power our televisions and VCRs while they’re turned off.) Other sleeper agents of the electric undead that consume 1,000 kilowatt hours a year per household, while in standby mode: your toaster, coffeemaker, hair dryer, PC, printer, cable box, and cell phone charger.

You don’t have to live in a constant state of fear; forever checking behind your back for that one appliance you forgot to pull the plug of. Just plug adjacent equipment into power strips with surge protectors, and before you crawl under the safety of your covers-or head out to work-simply flip the switch.



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