Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Concerned about climate change?

Then change a light bulb.

Today is Energy Star Change a Light Day. For the eighth year, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy encourage residents to replace incandescent bulbs with Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent bulbs.

ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs:
* use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
* save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb's lifetime.
* produce about 75 percent less heat, so they're safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
* are available in different sizes and shapes to fit in almost any fixture, for indoors and outdoors.
Most of the bulbs in my one-bedroom apartment are CFLs, having replaced incandescents during California's rolling blackouts in 2001. My electrical bill shrank and continues to total about $10 a month, and none of the CFLs have burned out. I'm a believer in that technology. Have you tried it?

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Blogger Mary C said...

Hi Amy - yes, I've been using these energy star CFLs for a few years now. And I am impressed that these bulbs can put out quite a few lumens for considerably less wattage. For example, I have bought the 20 or 25 watt bulbs to replace 60-75 watt incandescent bulbs. Now if only the manufacturers can design something a little more attractive . . . ;o)

October 04, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hi Mary!

Actually, I was surprised by the various of shapes and sizes shown in the link above. The selection's improved since 2001.

October 04, 2007 12:55 PM  

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