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Dangerous mercury in light bulbs?

October 4, 2007

Albany - As more people are moving to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly, something you're putting in your homes, could actually hurt the environment.

Thursday through Sunday, if you buy energy star approved appliances or light bulbs, you don't have to pay taxes on those items. Light bulbs like this could save you lots of money in the long run, lasting on average, ten times longer than conventional bulbs and using much less energy. But, they also contain mercury. So it's important you make sure the bulbs you buy are disposed of properly.

"All of our bulbs here at lighting and flooring are TCLP compliant, which means it would be normal disposal. There wouldn't be any cost of disposal involved," said Hayes Cook.

Energy star light bulbs use approximately 75 percent less energy than standard bulbs.

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