Conserving energy, particularly in the cold winter months, can be challenging. If you’re considering cost-saving strategies, you may want to look to your light fixtures.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs, while a little more expensive upfront, can last for decades and cost less than $2 a year to operate. Compared to an equivalent 60-watt incandescent bulb costing about $7.25 a year to operate, LEDs use about a sixth of the energy.
About ten years ago, many people swapped out their incandescent bulbs for CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs, the tubular and typically curly bulbs. The CFLs, while much more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, had their shortcomings – perhaps the worst being the mercury they contain. On average, each CFL contains about 4 milligrams.
CFLs have since ceded ground to new LED technology. While LEDs typically are only a few watts more efficient than CFLs, they can last about twice as long as CFLs and 10 times longer than incandescents.
Swapping out the lights around your home or business for LEDs is a smart choice. Clark Public Utilities’ bulb exchange program, designed to incentivize customers to bring in CFLs for proper disposal, gives you a head start. Customers can exchange burnt out CFL bulbs for free LED bulbs.
A partnership with the City of Battle Ground makes the swap even more convenient for Battle Ground and north Clark County customers. Bring two CFL bulbs to Battle Ground City Hall for proper disposal and you will receive four free LED bulbs. (One exchange per day.) It is that easy.
Battle Ground City Hall is located at 109 SW 1st Street. Light bulbs are exchanged at the utility reception desk on the 2nd floor during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.