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As Darkness Encroaches, Some Bright Ideas to Ponder

As we charge into fall, darkness is creeping into the late afternoon and we are switching on lights earlier. It is a good time to think about the energy used for your lighting, and Penn College’s Energy Conservation Subcommittee offers these practical suggestions: Turn off lights when they are not needed. For those lights that are switched on the most hours, install energy-efficient and long-lasting bulbs such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The amount of mercury in CFLs is miniscule compared to the amount emitted at the power plant to power incandescent bulbs. Email subcommittee Chairman Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating, with potential PCToday “Green Tips.”