One way to help save energy in your home is switching from standard “incandescent” light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, or CFL. A CFL lasts 10 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb and uses 75% less energy. Not only do they save energy, but they save you money – at least $30 in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime.
If energy American home replaced just one standard light bulb with a CFL, we could prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emission of nearly 800,000 cars.
A newer choice now available are cold cathode fluorescent lights, or CCFLs. Experts say these bulbs last longer, as long as 25,000 hours (compared with 10,000 for CFLS). They’re dimmable, have less flicker and produce even less heat.
The future of lighting are light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. These bulbs use less power than CFLs and CCFLs and contain no mercury at all. Although much more expensive than other bulbs, the cost should go down as demand goes up.