3/04/2009

Saving Energy Saves Money in Your Home


Just recently I was in our local Belmont Shore shopping zone and kept walking by a large sidewalk bin of CFL (compact fluorescent light) light bulbs. Somehow, it gradually dawned on me that at $.99 each, these were a real bargain and far below the going price of $5.00+ in most retail stores.
According to flexyourpower.org, replacing standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs savs 75% of lighting costs. If you live in household of several people where the lights may be on as much as half the day, or you live in a condominium building requiring public lighting, this can be a tremendous savings in a year. Not only is it a savings to you, it's a savings for everyone. "If all Californians replaced five bulbs with CFLs, it would be like taking 275,000 cars off the road. "
So I bought a lot more than 5 bulbs, well worth it at $1.00 each--not only are they energy saving, but a 23 watt CFL bulb equals a 100 watt incandescent bulb, and the CFL will burn up to 10,000 hours.
HINT: After trying out different brands, you'll find the right tone for you.
I used the "warm white" from MaxLite, but the end result also depends on the lamp shade or other globe the light will be shining through.
Go to FlexYourPower.org and check out the many other energy saving tips. You really can't lose.
And if you are in Belmont Shore soon, Billings Hardware has a great supply of CFLs.

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