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A 60-watt incandescent light bulb left on for 4 hours a day costs about $11 per year in energy. Switch to a 9-watt LED (light-emitting diodes) that uses up to 90% less energy than incandescents to provide the same amount of light and lasts at least 15 times longer, and the energy cost drops to under $2! Using 10 9-watt LEDs saves you about $97 each year over incandescents!
The Lighting Label provides standard information for any light (click for more details).
Several retailers throughout Snohomish County offer free recycling of compact fluorescent lamps. See this page for details.
The state Legislature has updated the Mercury-Containing Lights Law (RCW 70.275). This law requires lamp manufacturers to finance the stewardship program through an environmental handling charge added to all mercury-containing lights sold at retail locations in the state. The LightRecycle Washington Program became operational on January 1, 2015. To learn more, visit www.lightrecycle.org.
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