Upgrading your lighting from standard incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs is one of the fastest ways to reduce your electric energy bill. CFLs are much more energy efficient than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Advances in the technology have allowed CFL manufacturers to offer dimmable and three-way bulbs, as well as many sizes and wattages.
If a CFL bulb is broken, go to the US EPA webpage to read the proper procedure for cleaning up the broken bulb. Fluorescent lights contain a small amount of mercury and the broken CFL bulb should be treated as a hazardous waste material. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure your safety and the safety of your family and pets.
CFL bulbs should never be placed into your trash. CFL bulbs can be recycled at the Wallingford Electric Division office at 100 John Street. There is a receptacle for this purpose immediately inside the front door. We ask that you please follow the procedure posted near the receptacle. We recycle CFL bulbs that we distribute directly to customers or those that are installed as part of the Home Energy Savings program. We CANNOT accept tubular fluorescent bulbs. CFL bulbs may also be recycled at local stores such as Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart.
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