My Green City Life

August 5, 2007, 9:20 pm
Filed under: the green apartment, your green lifestyle

Last night, I was flipping channels and ran across a Canadian football game — CFL on CBC — which made me happy because it means that football season is just about upon us! It also reminded me that I needed to bite the bullet and buy some CFLs. In this case, the CFLs in question were compact fluorescent light bulbs which use way less energy and last way longer than regular incandescents. They are pricey, but because of their aforementioned advantages, they will actually end up saving you money. Switching to CFLs even before your incandescents burn out will probably end up saving you money, so if you think about it the right way, you’re pretty much losing money by not switching.

If all the households in Québec replaced just one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent, this could save about 54 million kWh a year, which is equivalent to the consumption of about 2,700 households heated by electricity. —Hydro Québec

And if you get your electricity from Hydro Québec, as I do, you can take advantage of a current promotion: for every $10 you spend on Energy Star-rated CFLs, they’ll send you $5, up to $25. In essence, you can get 10 CFLs for the price of 5 (they cost about $5 each) after the rebate. I seem to recall that a few months ago when I first found out about this rebate, the deadline was the end of August. But now the form says the deadline is the end of December. So yay for Hydro Québec for extending the offer!

If you don’t live around these parts, check to see if there is a rebate program in your area. A quick Google search yielded quite a few! One note: CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, so when they finally do burn out, you shouldn’t just chuck them in the trash. You municipality should have information on how to responsibly dispose of them.


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[…] Switched ALL the lights from regular incandescents to compact fluroescents. This was expensive for sure. We did qualify for (will soon receive, hopefully) a rebate from Hydro […]

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