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What are the Connections between Mercury and CFLs?


Why use CFLs if they contain mercury?

Small amounts of mercury can be released into the environment when CFLs break, or if they are improperly disposed of at the end of their useful lives. Despite these emissions, the use of CFLs actually helps reduce total mercury emissions in the U.S. because of their significant energy savings.  Using energy-saving CFLs reduces demand for electricity, which in turn reduces the amount of coal burned by power plants, which reduces emissions of mercury when the coal is burned.

Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills.  You can learn more about CFLs, and CFLs and mercury, from

Learn More about Mercury and CFLs

1. Using CFLs (and other fluorescent bulbs) reduces the amount of mercury released into the environment

2. CFLs contain very small amounts of mercury

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