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Save money and energy with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

Save energy AND money by using CFL bulbs around the house
Save energy AND money by using CFL bulbs around the house
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Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, so some consumers opt for traditional bulbs. Green families know better! CFLs actually save more than energy; they save money, and plenty of it.

According to Energy Star, “[A] ... compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75% less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.”

Energy Star also points out that “If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.”

It is not necessary to throw out every incandescent light bulb in the house. Start with a small quantity of CFLs and replace your traditional bulbs one by one as they burn out throughout the house.

Wal-Mart sells a six pack of GE Energy Smart light bulbs for $13.88 online. According to the product description, “GE Energy Smart light bulbs save energy, save money, last longer and provide the same quality of light as conventional Soft White incandescent bulbs and are ENERGY STAR qualified. These light bulbs use compact fluorescent technology (CFL).” GE even goes as far as to add a five year manufacturer’s warranty on each bulb.

Imagine not having to drag the ladder to the middle of the garage floor to change the light bulb for five years – or longer.

The advantages to the compact fluorescent light bulbs are easy to see. CFLs save money, time, and energy. Make sure your family knows why you are making the switch to the funny-looking light bulbs!


  • Jake 5 years ago

    When we signed up for the KCPL 'Cool Homes' program (recently upgraded the 20 year old HVAC system to a much more environmentally friendly version), they actually sent us some bulbs for free. Hadn't really looked at them before, but they've definitely sold us on the idea...just as bright at a fraction of the wattage.

  • Nicole 5 years ago

    I like using these bulbs for the simple fact that I don't have to bother changing them in a long time. Very ideal for hard to reach places.

  • Bob 5 years ago

    What about the mercury contamination when they are disposed of. Most consumer will just throw them in the trash instead of following the proper disposal methods. These CFLs are helping to poison the planet!!!

  • KC Green Parenting Examiner 5 years ago

    Bob, that's an excellent point! Check out my latest article at "Handle CFLs carefully to realize savings," which describes proper handling of CFLs if they are broken, and the appropriate disposal method.

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