By Mary Bubala

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This energy saver focuses on making the switch to CFLs.

Mary Bubala reports a compact fluorescent light bulb or CFL uses 75 percent less energy.

They last about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.

The energy-saving light bulbs will pay for themselves in about six months.

Comments (11)
  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    What they don’t tell you is that these bulbs that are being forced upon us by big brother government are loaded with Mercury & are death to landfills along with dangerous side effects if you happen to drop one in your own home contaminating it.

    1. Chuck says:

      I’m with Bernard on this one. The danger of the Mercury out ways the benefits. I for one don’t want to poison my family.

      1. Kurt says:

        LED’s are much safer and cost effective!

  2. buffett33 says:

    Recycle bulbs after they burn out. Treat as universal waste; like….batteries.

  3. Leon Beck says:

    I wonder why they (WJZ) didn’t read the COMPRENENSIVE list of procedures to decontaiminate your home, if you break a bulb. Read these procedures and then tell your congressman to get them out of our homes! You might also ask him why GE under CEO IJeffrey Immelt is outsourcing jobs to other countries and is supposed to be advising the President on creating jobs? And while you’e at it also ask why with billion dollar profits GE pays $0.00 in taxes???

    1. Kurt says:

      It’s true! GE pays $0 in taxes while they are raking in over $10 billion dollars. Hey Federales, what is up with that? Why are you cheating the people?

  4. Debbie says:

    I agree with all of you. The mercury is hazardous and people will dispose of them in their normal trash just like they do with batteries. More of the government taking over control of our lives. Guess next we will have to have another TAX to pay for the “trash police” and then there will go any savings we might have seen. I am sure they are already thinking of ways to get those nickels and dimes.

  5. Kurt says:

    But they are still dangerous as hell since they are comprised of mercury laden ingredients. In the country’s effort to “go green” they didn’t bother to use common sense. LED’s take much less energy and they are not hazardous to your health. LED lighting is a much better option and they last for an incredibly long time.

  6. Kurt says:

    Hey Mary Bubala, why not do a comparison story on CFL’s vs. LED’s? What are the risks of each? What are the benefits? Why is our government pushing CFL’s so hard and not LED’s? Which last longer? Which take less energy?

    No, I am not a member of the LED lobby. But if you are going to take a stance on being green, safety and using less energy, alternatives should also be discussed.

  7. bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Kurt, Mary as others do as they are told @ WJZ. That’s their paycheck. I’m sure they have opinions of their own but can’t publicly say them.

  8. Brian Y says:

    TREE HUGGERS GO HUG A TREE! The other 99% of us appreciate the savings. Don’t break the bulbs. Big “freakin” deal if you do. The amount of mercury is microscopic. Go complain about something else.

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