Friday, October 24, 2008

CFL's


How would you like to be saving hundreds of dollars just by using a certain light bulb? An energy efficient home is not only good for wallet but also good for our planet. So here comes the big question... Do you use Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL'S) in your home?

It is estimated that just one CFL will save you $30 in electric costs over a lifetime. Doesn't sound like much; now, take that and multiply it by the number of CFL's you use in your house and you really could be saving some serious money.

A CFL is a spiral-type integrated compact fluorescent lamp that is combined with a tube and electronic ballast. This spiral shaped style has reduced efficiency compared to the tubular shaped style, due to the thick layer of phosphor that is on the lower layer of the twist. This type of CFL has become the most popular type of lighting among the Northern American consumers.

Here are a few interesting facts about CFL's...

*If every home used just one ENERGYSTAR light bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for one whole year.



*ENERGYSTAR CFL's use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than a standard bulb.



*Incandescent bulbs waste 90% of their energy generating heat; while a CFL uses only 20% as much energy, emits 75% heat and still produces the same amount of light.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Also, CFL's now come as regular looking bulbs incase you have lights that are exposed and you don't want the spiral look. CFL's are great for out doors too.