Conservation/Environment Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

Chelan County PUD has discontinued its program to recycle CFLs. Recycling remains available at two Wenatchee locations: Home Depot, 1405 Maiden Lane, and Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1200 Walla Walla Ave.


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In the average U.S. home, lighting accounts for about 20 percent of the electric bill. The easiest way to start saving energy is to change your light bulbs to CFLs.

Stop at PUD Headquarters in Wenatchee and view the Color of Light display in our lobby. The display demonstrates the difference in energy use between a 60-watt incandescent bulb and comparable CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). It also shows the difference in the color of light between three types of CFLs. While most CFLs come in “warm” colors to match the yellowish light of incandescent bulbs, you can also choose “cooler” colors with whiter and bluish hues for reading and task lighting. Color in lighting is measured on the Kelvin scale (K) and is marked on CFL packaging. For warmer color look for 2700-3000K; 3500-4100K gives a bright white light, and 5000-6500K is bluer and most like daylight.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 includes provisions to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and enable the U.S. to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy. Beginning in 2012, standard incandescent light bulbs are being phased out in favor of more energy-efficient bulbs as follows:

Wattage   Incandescent bulbs no longer available
100W January 1, 2012
75W January 1, 2013
60W January 1, 2014
40W January 1, 2014

See Lighting Options for Your Home to evaluate all lighting options, including CFLs.

Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs:

  • On average, use 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs to provide the same amount of light, and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Save $11 or more in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime (at 3¢ per kilowatt hour).
  • Generate 70 percent less heat, so they’re safer to operate and keep your home cooler in the summer.

To get maximum energy savings today, replace bulbs where lights are on the most, such as your family and living room, kitchen, dining room, and porch.A 13-watt CFL bulb is equivalent to one 60-watt incandescent bulb. If you need more light in some areas, CFLs also come in wattages equivalent to 75-, 100- and 150-watt incandescent bulbs (see chart below). Specialty compact fluorescents, including dimmable, three-way, candelabra and flood lamps, are available at most major retail stores. During 2011, Chelan County PUD is participating in a regional program to offer specialty bulbs to customers at a reduced cost. See Where to Find CFLs for a list of local stores carrying discounted CFLs.

When your CFL burns out – and that should be years from now – place it in a sealed plastic bag and bring it to  Home Depot or Lowe's in Wenatchee for recycling.

With Energy Star qualified fixtures, consumers can realize significant savings. Energy Star CFLs provide the same amount of light, or lumens, as traditional bulbs, but use a smaller amount of energy, or watts. To find the right CFL for your needs, compare lumens on the packaging.

View and print our CFL brochure.