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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 7B Going green in 2009: a green lighting guide You can save money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mercury dis- charges with compact fluo- rescent light bulbs. Bear in mind that some people'are more sensitive than others to the quality and intensity of light. Light from CFLs varies consider- ably from brand to brand and across wattages. Ear- ly generation and cheaper bulbs glow bluish or green- ish. The best bulbs are easi- est on the eyes because they give off warmer, more natur- al light. Experiment before committing to a wholesale retrofit of your current home lighting. CFLs are no~ appropriate ~ for every place in your home. Follow the Green Lighting Guide to find the best loca- tions for them and to find al- ternatives for spots where CFLs are inadvisable. Don't use CFLs where mer- cury exposure is unaccept- children's rooms, playrooms, recreation rooms, work- benches, and near irreplace- able rugs and furniture. Don't use CFLs in closets and other spots lit for short periods. CFLs take 10 to 15 minutes to reach optimum light and energy efficiency. Use mercury-free bulbs such as LED (light emitting diodes) or halogen energy savers where CFLs don't work. Also consider them for stairs and hallways where a CFL's slow start-up poses a safety risk. Green guide checklist Start with the fixtures you Use most. Choose CFLs for lo- cations where breakage is rare- for instance, for ceil- ing fixtures rather than table lamps in high traffic areas or clip lamps. Buy a few test bulbs of sev- eral brands and try them out in different areas. With stan- dard use, CFLs will last a reason to make sure that as you consult the EWG guide, you and your family are com- fortable with their quality of light. Other green Ughting choices Light emitting diodes: Use LEDs when low light is enough. For task lights, read- ing lamps, nightlights, can- dles, flashlights, refrigera- tors, stoves, closets, Christ- mas lights and outdoor light- ing, these cool, bluish lights are smart and safe. The downside: LED lights cost more than CFL lights, but the cost and performance of these bulbs are improving. Halogen energy savers: Halogen energy-saver bulbs are a new product that offers halogen technology's high light output in a familiar in- candescent bulb shape. They contain no mercury but are inefficient and hot, posing fire risks in some locations. percent less energy that com- parable incandescent bulbs. A 70-watt halogen is as bright as a 100-watt incandescent bulb; a 40-watt halogen is comparable to a 60-watt in- candescent bulb. CFL pros and cons CFLs clearly save energy and money. Use a lighting calculator to estimate how much you can save by replac- ing a few incandescent bulbs with CFLs. The risks of mercury expo- sure from broken CFL bulbs are real. Cleaning up a shat- tered CFL bulb requires spe- cial precautions. Spent bulbs should be recycled, not tossed in the trash. If you break a CFL bulb, our clean-up tips will drasti- cally limit your family's ex- posure. Breaking a CFL bulb re- leases mercury vapor haz- ardous to humans and pets. Mercury levels in the air can be quite high for the hour af- ter a bulb breaks. Eventual- ly, most will disperse -- espe- cially if a window is left open: Some mercury vapor will liquefy into tiny beads that settle on surfaces. Wood floors can be cleaned thor- oughly and will most likely be mercury-free within four days. Carpets and fabric are harder to clean. Low mer- cury CFLs cut the risks posed by a broken bulb. Cleaning up broken CFL bulbs If a bulb breaks in your home, proper clean-up proce- dures can reduce airborne mercury concentrations by roughly half. Follow this 10- step clean-up checklist. The most critical steps: Keep children and pregnant or nursing women away from the contaminated area. Close doors and open win- dows to allow volatile mer- cury vapors to vent outdoors. Stay away for five to 15 min- utes. Scoop up bulb fragments and use tape to collect tiny particles. Seal the waste in a glass jar with screw-top lid. Disposing of spent CFL bulbs Each state has its own laws and regulations for recycling or disposing of spent CFL bulbs. Learn about your state's recycling and disposal options at this EPA light bulb site epa.gov/bulbrecy- cling. Also, Earth911.com, a na- tionwide recycling informa- tion site, lists retailers like Ace Hardware, Home Depot and IKEA, and municipal programs that accept burnt- out CFLs. abpli Or cleanup is difficult: long time--allthemore These halogens use 30 California sheriffs praise Senator ureas National Forest ranger Cox's legislative record for 2008 districts looking for feedback Cahfornla'ssherlffspre "They are the dedmated men enforcement programs such sented state Sen. Dave Cox and women who risk their as COPS, Cal-MMET, Rural The Plumas National For- est Feather River Ranger Dis- trict and local fire safe coun- cils are collaborating to pro- tect at-risk communities and save public land forests from destructive wildfire around Concow, Paradise and Maga- lia. Two pubiic meetings are scheduled for Jan. 26 and 29, aimed at sharing information and exchanging local knowl- edge and ideas on how to ad- dress social and environmen- tal threats. The Upper Ridge Fire Safe Council, will host the Jan. 26 public meeting at the Par- adise Homeowners Associa- tion Recreational Hall, 14211 Wycliff Way, in Magalia, be- tween 9 a.m. and noon. The forum will begin with a presentation of the upcom- ing Concow Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Restoration Project proposed by the For- est Service. The project is di- rected at reducing hazardous fuels and managing natural re-growth in thewake of the 2008 catastrophic Butte Light- ening Complex. Following the presentation a round-table discussion with participating local land man- agement companies, organi- zations and community mem- bers is planned to stimulate multi-ownership and fire pre- vention efforts. The Jan. 29 public meeting is hosted by the Forest Ser- vice from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Concow Grange, 4122 Big Bend Rd., in Yankee Hill. The purpose of this meeting is to provide another public forum to share information about the Forest Service's proposed Concow Hazardous Fuels Re- duction and Restoration Pro- ject and garner community comments and ideas. For more detailed informa- tion and for any special needs related to accessibility, con- tact Carol Spinos, project leader for the Concow Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Restoration Project at 532-8932. with their highest honor for his hard work in supporting law enforcement and public safety. This is Cox's third award since his election to the state Senate. In recognition of his long-standing record of sup- porting law enforcement and public safety, the California State Sheriffs' Association named Cox, who represents 12 northern California coun- ties, "Outstanding Senator for 2008." "It is my privilege to repre- sent the people of the 1st Sen- ate District and to support law enforcement officials," Cox said in accepting the recognition for his work. lives to make our communi- ties safer." The association's presi- dent, Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner, praised Cox for his commitment and pub- lic service. "Senator Cox is a dedicated public servant who cares about the communities he represents. He works hard to ensure that law enforce- ment officials have the neces- sary tools to serve and pro. tect residents." Consistent with his past record, Cox provided critical support on issues important to law enforcement officials. During this year's legislative process, Cox championed law and Small County law en- forcement funding and men- tally ill offender crime-reduc- tion grant funding. Modoc County Sheriff Mark Gentry-added, "Senator Cox is an exceptional repre- sentative for his constituents. 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