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If you live in a house, chances are that you use light bulbs. Light bulbs have been around for ages, but for some reason, they haven't changed much until recently. Compact fluorescent bulbs and LED lights are the wave of the future. And we can only hope that science continues to make improvements on our bulby light-filled friend.

You don't have to wait around for science to advance to increase the energy-efficiency of your light bulbs. You simply have to clean them. By removing dust and grease from your light bulbs, you can increase their light output by 20%. That's 20% more light for the same amount of energy.

Have you ever found yourself turning on a table lamp to increase the light on a once adequately bright room? That's a sure sign of dusty and neglected bulbs. A good rule of thumb is to clean the light bulb, the fixture and/or the lampshades about once a month.

How to Clean Light Bulbs

To clean a light bulb, wait until the light bulb is cool and wipe it down with a lint free cloth. Be careful with bulbs. Broken CFLs contain mercury. If that' s not reason to be careful, I don't know what is.

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