Have you ever wondered how much money you really save by replacing your old incandescent light bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs (commonly misspelled as flourescent)? It is hard to tell just by looking at your power bill.
Here is a neat little energy savings, cost comparison, compact fluorescent versus incandescent, calculator that let’s you put the numbers right in front of you.
You can spend a little more money right now and feel good about it. You will not only be living green but you will also be keeping a little more green in your pocket.
Energy Star has some great information on their website on compact fluorescent light bulbs. One of the things the statistics they cite is 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.” That’s pretty impressive!
Energy Star also gives tips on:
– How to Choose and Where to Use CFLs
– How to Choose the Right Light (Did you know that some CFLs are dimmable?)
– CFL Disposal
– What to do if you have a Broken CFL
All of this information can be found at: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls
Popular Mechanics also published an article on compact fluorescent light bulbs called:
The Best Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: PM Lab Test
Can the new breed of energy-saving fluorescents hold their own against incandescents? We ran seven bulbs through our optical course to find out.
An excerpt from the May 2007 article follows:
“Retail giants are pushing hard for the bulbs — Wal-Mart hopes to sell 100 million CFLs by the end of the year. In California, a legislator recently proposed banning the sale of incandescent light bulbs in the state by 2012. All the old benefits of CFLs are still significant — more so, in fact. They can use less than one-third the electricity of incandescent bulbs of equivalent brightness and last up to nine years. The new bulbs are smaller and far cheaper (about $5 each) than their predecessors, and more powerful than ever. Top-end 24-watt bulbs promise brightness equivalent to that of a 150-watt incandescent.”
The entire article can be found at:
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