Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Bright Idea and a Coincidence

Whatever the reason, I received my power bill in the mail today and it contained a nifty little sheet on the many wonders of the Compact Flourescent Light (CFL) bulb.
With credit to Ameren, here is what it said:

"Even one person switching to compact flouescent lighting will save money and give the environment a boost. If every American home replaced just one traditional bulb with an Energy Star-qualified CFL, we would save more than $600 million on annual energy bills and enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year. Why CFL's are a bright idea
  • CFL's use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs
  • CFL's last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, and produce less heat
  • You can save $30 to $60 over the life of each CFL bulb you install
  • CFL's help reduce the demand for electricity, which in turn helps delay the need for new power plants."
We already have approximately 50% of our lights using CFL's. I made a trip to the local discount grocery and bought a single CFL bulb for under $2. Yes it's a little more than an incandescent, but it definitely more than makes up for it in energy bill savings. There really is no excuse NOT to use these nifty little bulbs.

2 comments:

Jess3kids said...

Wow, thats amazing what a differnce it can make! We used to always make fun of my dad for getting those b/c they would be HUGE and funny looking and never fit in the light fixture he was making it go in (the over head lights above the wetbar etc lol) I have a few in my house (compliments of my dad changing lightbulbs that burned out while they were dog sitting etc lol.)

MomStillLearning said...

I know - they used to be really bad. Now they have them in a bunch of different sizes/styles at Wal-Mart and such. I still think the light they give off is not as good, but once you've got them in, you don't notice!

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