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Energy Saving Light Bulbs - You should read this, You may not live to regret it!

Alarmist, Possibly!

But do you use Energy Efficent or Energy saving light bulbs normally called CFL bulbs, see the photograph for the type of bulbs we are talking about.

As Realtors, we sell homes.

Ever had a CFL Breakage Disclosure?

Have you ever disposed of an Energy Efficent bulb?

I hope that it did not go in the trash!

Ever broken an Energy Efficent bulb?

I hope not!

Now this might be the same for 60w type normal bulbs but I don't belive that is so. I know that you should not throw or break the long type flourescent tubes, but not many people have those in their homes.

The disposal and clean up instructions are typical examples and are not "Safe" or "Legal" instructions. They may also be different depending on your location.

Disposing of Burnt Out Bulbs  

  1. Seal the bulb inside two plastic bags, or one thick freezer bag, before disposing in the trash. You should throw the bulbs away only if you have no other options.
  2. 2Find the nearest recycling station that handles hazardous materials. Check with your city's municipal office to see if there is a recycling program in your town.
  3. Contact the recycling station if it is not in your city. They may or may not take your bulbs if your city does not allow or participate in such a program.
  4. Take the bulbs to the recycling station. Ask the people there about the process of giving them your bulbs and follow all their instructions.
  5. Tell everyone you know who is using energy efficient bulbs how to properly dispose of them as the use of these bulbs is growing.
  6. Read more: How to Safely Dispose of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2052849_safely-dispose-energy-efficient-light.html#ixzz19hYoCJgZ

If a Bulb Breaks

  1. Open a window and leave the room. Let no one inside for at least 15 minutes.

  2. Collect the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard. Wear disposable rubber gloves. Do not use a vacuum cleaner.
  3. Clean the entire area with a wet wipe or wet paper towel. Use adhesive tape to collect excess powder.
  4. Seal all pieces and cleanup materials in a plastic bag. Follow the above procedures on disposal or recycling. Wash your hands completely afterward.
  5. Dispose of the vacuum bag in the same manner the next time you vacuum the area. If it's a canister vacuum, wipe it completely clean.
  6. Read more: How to Safely Dispose of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2052849_safely-dispose-energy-efficient-light.html#ixzz19hZJZPbC

Some of the instructions I have seen have been far more daunting!

I am all for saving the planet as well as saving money, but I am not sure this is the way to do it!

Comment balloon 14 commentsAlan Langstone • December 31 2010 10:23AM
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