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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fluorescent Green

CFLCompact fluorescent bulbs are one of the easiest and painless ways save electricity and money. They have come down so much in price that the payoff is today, not a year from now. A compact fluorescent can be found on sale for under $3.00/bulb. Nearly every light in our home, from the recessed lights, to the lamps, to the pendant lights has fluorescent bulbs. We estimate a monthly savings of about $5.00 off our electric bill. Additionally, the bulbs last up to 10 times longer than a regular light bulb.

For a thorough comparison to incandescent bulbs, here is a link from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, One drawback of fluorescent bulbs is that they take longer to warm up, so in colder temperatures, they start off rather dim. I think it's a small inconvenience when compared to the energy and financial savings.

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