Energy Saving Bulbs
Save Money and Energy
By Dan Davenport
By switching to energy saving bulbs technology from traditional incandescent type lamps, you can save energy and save money on your energy bills. Using today’s new energy saving bulbs technologies: Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), and Light Emitting Diode Lamps (LED or L.E.D.), you can save as much as 80% on the energy you use to light your home -- and less energy used is less money out of your pocket plus it reduces the resources needed to create that power.
Of the two, the compact fluorescent is the more cost effective -- today. However, LED lamps are getting less expensive every day. The best strategy to use today is to change the bulbs you use most frequently to compact fluorescent bulbs. You save more than 75% on the cost of running your lights right away. Then, as the cost of LED energy saving bulbs comes down, convert more and more to that technology. Every time you replace incandescent bulbs with energy saving bulbs, you immediately start saving money on your energy bills.
Remember that CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury (much less than traditional fluorescent tubes) and must be disposed of properly -- your local recycling center will have information available on how to do this correctly. In fact, many home improvement stores now have drop off points for old, worn out CFL bulbs to make it easy for you to dispose of them safely. Not only that, these new energy saving bulbs are much more durable than the old bulbs, so you are much less likely to actually break one. Read this great article here.
The important thing is be your own "Energy and Resource Patrol" and always look for ways to save resources, energy, and money. It is good for the earth and good for your wallet.
You will save a great deal of power, lower your utility bills, Even if you create the power with your own wind and solar systems, if you use less for your everyday lighting, you will have more for other things.
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