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PJanuary 20, 2011

CFL’s Worth the Expense?

So with being a new homeowner, I have been researching any way to conserve money in my house. The first and most obvious way to do this is with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). A few months ago I ran to Home Depot and bought several boxes of the CFL bulbs. I was expecting a hefty price tag, but these bulbs were surprisingly affordable. CFL bulbThey are now just around $1 per bulb, but being that they seemingly last forever before your next change, they are more than a value compared to standard incandescent light bulbs. I changed out all my lights in one fell swoop and waited to reap the rewards. When I received my next bill from Delmarva I was impressed to see the savings. Since, like most Americans, my wife and I are slaves to technology, myself mostly to my television and DVR, we did not see the power bill cut in half. But we did see a significant chunk come out of the bill. And now, nearly four months later, I have not had to even think about switching out a burned out bulb. That alone is worth its weight in gold since, like my wife always says, I would rather spend weeks walking around in the dark than get on a stepstool to change out a single light bulb.

 

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