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Saving Money by switching to Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs

If you do not currently have Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs in your house right now, then we have one question for you. WHY NOT? When it comes to energy efficiency, there are many ways to minimize your electricity bill. The first (and easiest) option for utility customers to consider is replacing standard incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs. Although the initial cost of a CFL is slightly more than the cost of a standard incandescent bulb, the money you save over the life of a CFL is around 4 times less than the life cost of an incandescent bulb. If you want to get an estimate on how much money you could be saving per year by switching out your incandescent bulbs to CFL bulbs, then simply count the number of incandescent bulbs in your house and multiply it by $4.70. For example, if a 1500sqft home contains thirty incandescent bulbs (60 watt), you will save $141 per year by replacing the incandescent bulbs with CFLs. Of course, every golden opportunity is cursed with a down side to it. The down side being that CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which in large amounts can be detrimental to your health and the environment. But, if you are careful not to break the bulb and properly dispose of the CFL after it has burnt out, you will have helped the environment (by consuming less electricity) and your pocketbook. If you accidentally break a CFL, please follow the steps described by the EPA to properly clean up the debris. The EPA also has information on how to properly dispose of a CFL and where you can recycle them.

By Derrick Hoffman - 08/31/2010