Friday, February 10, 2012

How to Really Save Money on Lighting

First, you don't save a lot right off the bat if you buy CFS bulbs for four or five times the cost of four incandescent bulbs. Let's be real.

Secondly, unless you turn the lights on and leave them for hours, you're not going to save as much in electricity as the ads would have you believe.

Thirdly, no matter what bulb you use, it costs less to use a lower wattage and it costs even less to not use them at all. Do you really need a night light burning all night in the bathroom? Do you need a light every time you go into the kitchen, even though the refrigerator (where you're headed) has a light of its own?

Think about it.

2 comments:

Stacie said...

Our family decided to try the whole CFL thing, and we absolutely do NOT like them. The lights give a yellowish cast, which we find harsh.

My favorite light bulb, although not inexpensive, is the GE Reveal brand. They are more of a full-spectrum bulb that mimics real sunlight.

Pat said...

I like Reveal, too, Stacie. They're more expensive than other incandescent bulbs, but I think they last longer.