Americans Embrace CFLs in Record Numbers

Americans Embrace CFLs in Record Numbers

When it comes to fighting climate change, many Americans are not only talking the talk, they're actually walking the walk. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, D.C., estimates that Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) sales in 2007 nearly doubled from 2006, accounting for approximately 20% of the U.S. light bulb market. According to market data, sales

When it comes to fighting climate change, many Americans are not only talking the talk, they're actually walking the walk. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, D.C., estimates that Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) sales in 2007 nearly doubled from 2006, accounting for approximately 20% of the U.S. light bulb market.

According to market data, sales of Energy Star-qualified CFLs have substantially increased over the past two years. In 2006, it is estimated that the market share jumped to around 11%, compared to a market share consistently under 5% in the first part of the decade. Sales totaled approximately 290 million bulbs in 2007.

According to the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star-qualified CFLs offer a minimum lifetime of 6,000 hours, maintain their light output over time, and are more energy efficient than standard CFLs. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, CFLs use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer.

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