Most people know by now the many benefits compact fluorescent light bulbs have over standard incandescent light bulbs. Not only do they use 2/3 less energy, but they can last 10 times longer. They also generate 70% less heat (which make them safer and lowers cooling costs), produce no sound, and are available for almost every fixture.
According to the energystar.gov website
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars.”
On a recent electric bill David noticed an offer by the Energy Trust of Oregon to schedule a Free Home Energy Review. He made an appointment and an Energy Advisor came and told him about energy saving options, tax credits and cash incentives available for home improvements. Even better, he replaced our showerhead with a more efficient model, installed a faucet aerator for the sink, and exchanged out almost all of the light bulbs in our house with compact fluorescent light bulbs (16 in all) FOR FREE! I recommend that EVERYONE in Oregon take advantage of this bargain!
It has been about a week since the change and its pretty much unnoticeable. Initially, the color seemed a little different, but besides the trace amount of mercury, there are hardly any down sides to CFLs except their higher initial cost over an incandescent or halogen. However, because they last so much longer, CFLs save about $200 over five years for a $20 6-pack. Plus, each bulb will keep a half-ton of carbon dioxide out of the air. Pretty much a win-win situation.