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Green Tip #16
Fluorescent Lights Myth

Myth:  Leaving fluorescent lights on is more efficient than turning them off.

Though there is a surge of energy use when a fluorescent lamp is first turned on, it only lasts for about 1/10 of a second and is equivalent to about 5 seconds of normal operation. The amount of energy consumed by leaving a light on is far greater than the initial spike in energy consumption required to power a fluorescent lamp.

To help save energy, turn your lights off if you'll be out of the room. Installing occupancy sensors can automatically turn off the lights in a room that has been unoccupied for a specified amount of time.

(Data from Steve Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs)
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Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
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The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
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Decatur, IL 62521
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