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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Are Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Worth It?

Yes, they are. In fact, they are taking over the shelves at the Home Depot and hardware stores.

According to Fast Company, if every American swapped in just one bulb in their homes, we'd save enough electricity to power all of Delaware and Rhode Island. We'd also cut 1.3 million cars' worth of greenhouse gases!

You will also save $30 over the lifetime of each compact fluorescent bulb you install as per the Environmental Agency.

A CFL bulb runs cool, uses 70% less energy than a incandescent bulb and lasts 14 months or 14 years if used 2 hours a day, according to the manger of Home Depot, Brent Hodgson.

The CFL bulb comes on instantly and emits a warm light that nearly indistinguishable from incandescent light.

So if you are looking to save alittle money, doing something to help cut greenhouse gases, go out and change your bulbs. Helping the enviroment one bulb at a time...

Source: Men's Health


Sean said...

I recently blogged about compact fluorescent lamps at my site on global warming.  I found that they are not the great deal that everyone says they are.  They poison the ground with mercury if not recycled correctly and when you add up all of the costs of production and recycling, they actually use more energy than incandescent bulbs.  I don't want to go into a great deal of detail here but you can read my post at

AC Associates said...

Hi Sean
Thanks so much for your visit and comment.
You've brought about alot of questions. I've only seen positive information and now you have me thinking I should also look into this further.
I did read your post and the idea that these bulbs cause damamge have me confused (like you initially). The recycling issue is a concern-would people really take the time to recycle properly?
I am thinking this will bring about another post. A debate about CFL bulbs...