Upgrading to CFLs


If you are still using incandescent light bulbs, you are inevitably wasting
money. Lighting with incandescent bulbs is an inefficient way to light a home,
and with todays technology, upgrading to a CFL (compact fluorescent light)
is a simple, effective way to slow the rate of global climate change while
saving money.  It’s good for the environment, it’s economical, it’s efficient, and
it’s easy

Why make the change? – Energy Savings + reducing your carbon footprint


Light Comparison Cost - How much does it cost to run a light bulb? - Are
CFLs worth it?

Incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent of their energy generating heat.   In the
summer months, this "heat"  also directly affects your cooling costs. Replacing
incandescent bulbs with CFLs lower the electrical bill for lighting up to 75%, as
well as a reduction on your cooling costs.

With the same amount of omitting light, the chart below shows the wattage
comparison:

CFL Wattage  VS.   Incandescent Wattage                                                  
5                                            25
9                                            50
15                                          60
23                                          75
25                                         100
28                                         120

"If you replaced 20 75-watt incandescent bulbs with 23-watt CFLs, you would
save 1,040 watts for every hour that the lamps burned.   At five hours per
day, this means saving over 2,000 kWh or about $208 back in your pocket
every year.   (Replace them with a 20-watt CFL and save more – but slightly
less light.)"


Be responsible - Although a CFL's life span is 5-10 years, there is always a
chance of breaking or damaging one. CFL's contain a small amount of
mercury gas, which should be properly recycled at the end of its life cycle.
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