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Get thee behind me, incandescent bulb!

Earth Month Tip #5: Install Energy Efficient Lightbulbs

 
Are you still rocking the incandescent bulbs in your home? Tsk, tsk.

Okay, so swapping out every incandescent bulb in the home can seem quite tedious. But trust us -- it's well worth it. Whether you replace them with a CFL (look for bulbs that feature low mercury content and a high power factor) or an LED you'll be saving money over the life of the bulb and doing a good deed for the planet.

One reviewed "second-generation" CFL was rated for 15,000 hours of life and claimed to save a household $980 over the course of the bulb's life. That's a heck of a lot better than the incandescent option.

"Wait, I can still choose incandescent? I thought they were banned?"

Common questions to a topic that has many consumers confused. It's true there have been some changes to energy standards that have had -- and will continue to have -- an effect on the lighting industry. For those who want all the details on these new energy standards, check out The Great Lightbulb Switch. It's everything you need to know about the phasing in of new standards and the phasing out of energy-inefficient bulbs.

If that doesn't convince you to make some changes, read up on Electron Stimulated Luminescence (ESL) Light Bulbs. This futuristic lighting option is completely non-toxic, fully dimmable and throws off a light virtually identical to traditional incandescent. They are a little on the expensive side, but they're still cheaper than most LEDs on the market.

Inspired? Then get swappin'!



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