Lighting alone accounts for approximately 10-20% of the total energy bill in the United States (Department of Energy).
Replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with either LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) is a simple way to reduce your electricity demand. LED bulbs are more expensive, but they last longer and don't have the disposal issues (mercury) of CFLs. An LED bulb equivalent to the 100 watt incandescent bulb draws only 19 watts and could easily last 50,000 hours. By comparison, an energy efficient CFL equivalent to a 100 watt incandescent bulb would draw about 23 watts and last about 10,000 hours. See Energy Efficient Light Bulbs for more information.
GCEA residential members are eligible for rebates on qualifying LED bulbs.
GCEA commercial members are eligible for commercial lighting rebates.
Fullmer's Ace Hardware in Gunnison will recycle your old CFL bulbs.