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!