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Change that bulb! 

Lights use a lot of energy. You know that one of the easiest ways to save energy in your house is by turning off the lights when you leave a room. Did you know you can also save energy if your family buys energy-saving light bulbs?

Most people have incandescent (in-can-DESS-ent) light bulbs in their house. These bulbs get very hot and use a lot of energy.

The newer energy-saving lights are called compact fluorescent (flor-ESS-ent) bulbs. They generate 70 percent less heat than a regular bulb. They use less energy to make the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs do cost more, but they last a lot longer than incandescents. You would have to buy 13 incandescent bulbs in the time it takes for one compact fluorescent to burn out. Your family can save $30 or more in energy costs for each bulb. What would you buy with the extra money?

photo of cfl bulbsThis picture shows a variety of compact fluorescent light bulbs. You can see that there are energy-efficient light bulbs for every room in your home!

Change the bulbs in lights that you use the most, such as the kitchen ceiling lights, living room lamps, bathroom vanity, or porch light. Don’t forget your bedside lamp!

Newer bulbs, called LEDs—for light-emitting diodes—are even more energy efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs. Read more about them here.

Caution: Don’t throw that burned-out fluorescent bulb in the trash.