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ALWAYS turn the lights off when you leave a room. Whatever type of lamps you have, you will save energy by simply turning them off even for a few seconds.
If possible use as much natural light as you can..its Free!
If you have external lights, then a lamp with a sensor which turns them on when you approach will make them much cheaper to run. If you fit a timer switch too, they will not keep coming on and and annoying your neighbours night whenever a cat walks past.
Having a range of lamps in a room, all with separate switches, will make it easier to achieve the lighting you want and need, whenever and wherever you want it. And you will save more energy than you would by using a single dimmer switch for the whole lot.
How should I deal with a broken CFL?
In the event of an accidental breakage of a CFL, normal good housekeeping is required.
in a plastic bag. Wipe the area with a damp cloth and then
add that to the bag. Household cleaning products should be avoided during clean up despite the very small amount of mercury involved.
See the next section for cleaning carpeted surfaces.
powder from soft furnishings and then add that to the bag.
Sweep up all particles and glass fragments with stiff cardboard and place everything, including the cardboard in a plastic bag.
How should I clean up if I have broken a CFL on carpet?
As mentioned earlier, the amount of mercury contained in a typical CFL is very small, up to 5 mg and is unlikely to cause any harm to human health.
The level of risks involved in the case of a broken CFL on carpet is no greater than that on hard surfaces, although it may take a longer while to clean up the affected area due to the nature of the carpet surface.
The above clean up procedure should apply, but minus wiping up with a damp cloth and more attention should be paid to residual CFL pieces or powder removal using sticky tapes.
How should I dispose of the CFL waste?
The bags can then be discarded through your local council. All local councils have to make arrangements for disposing of hazardous household waste. Many local authorities have a special place for hazardous household waste at a civic amenity site or household waste recycling centre. The National Household Hazardous Waste Forum runs a website with details of these centres for chemicals, but which also applies to other hazardous wastes http://www.chem-away.org.uk/ Alternatively contact your local council direct.
Further information on the environment and compact fluorescent lamps is available from the Defra website
Background information on mercury spills in residential settings is also available.