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No doubt you’ve heard that compact fluorescent light bulbs are better for the environment than incandescent bulbs—but you probably haven’t bought any because you don’t want your home lit like that stagnant office where you used to work. Time to rethink that assumption: Compact fluorescent bulbs give off light that’s almost as warm as incandescent light. Plus, they last up to 10 years and use 75 percent less electricity than the incandescent versions. Replace four incandescents with compact fluorescents, and you’ll prevent 718 pounds of global-warming gases from being emitted this year.