Compact fluorescent / Guides

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs

All about LED bulbs - video

...Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) were a great stop along the way but have passed their usefullness in our opinion. CFL bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs but less so than LEDs. Their life span is shorter, and in the event of one breaking, Health Canada recommends ventilating your home to remove mercury ga...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...Compact fluorescent (CFL) Compact fluorescent bulbs are an efficient alternative to incandescent. Priced higher than incandescent bulbs, the life span and reduced energy consumption make it a worthwhile investment. On the negative side, fluorescent bulbs contain mercury vapour, and are actually considered hazardous...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

Waste management: compost and recycling

...fluorescent tubes: Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) contain mercury gas which is very toxic to humans. Use caution when disposing of them; if they break inside your home, you should air out your home immediately. Some box stores will accept old bulbs. Ultimately though, they should be treat...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam any gaps, and cover your windows with plastic in winter. These upgrades don’t necessarily have to cost you a lot, you could also consider talking to the landlord about footing the bill for material costs. More and more people are inquiring about utility costs when renting, so ...

LED filament bulbs

All about LED filament bulbs

...compact fluorescent bulbs which, being full of mercury gas, also posed a serious health hazard if you broke one. LEDs have significantly warmed in colour in the past few years, and now with the introduction of their answer to filament bulbs, LEDs can finally offer that old-time glow of antique chandelier lights. Are ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...compact fluorescent or LED lamps . LED are more expensive, but the price is dropping quickly; they last forever and use a fraction of the energy. The quality of bulbs has also improved, see the new LED filament bulbs here . Cook fresh: do whatever you possibly can to avoid using your stove on the hot days. Preparing ...