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Save Energy -- Switch to Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

If you haven't already, replace your household light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent versions. If every American home switched just one bulb, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions the same as pulling 800,000 cars off the road.

As opposed to incandescent bulbs, CFL's last up to 10 times longer, use about 75-percent less energy, and will save you around $30 over its lifetime.

On the downside, they contain poisonous mercury and therefore need to be recycled instead of thrown in the garbage, which can be a hassle. If they break, it's trouble, but you can visit Energystar.gov for cleanup instructions.

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