I have read some messages about using compact flourescents, and
checked some www sites that encourage it and indicate a pretty
My questions are these:
1) Has anyone noticed a difference in their electrical bills? I for
one switched to CF lights and haven't noticed any change in my
2) Can you throw the suckers out? I remember being told you can't
throw flourecent bulbs in the regular garbage because of the gases
contained within. Is it the same for CF?
Yes it will save you electricity, but unless you have a lot of lights
and little other demands on the electricity you will not likely see it, but
over the life of the lamp (well at least good modern ones) it will save a
lot more than they cost.
In my area the are disposed of in the regular trash, there is no other
option. Some areas do have special rules or options for disposal. They are
not the problem of the old tubes were. Contact your local authorities to
find out what is available in your area and I suggest taking advantage of
any recycling options if you have them.
Let me add that you will save more money in the summer than in the
winter. In the winter the extra energy used by the electric lights will
provide heat. That will reduce your heating expense. In the summer that
extra heat would require the A/C to run longer and cost you more. In either
case the percentage of your total energy bill difference will be small
because the percentage of your energy bills for lighting are small. Other
things like the refrigerator heating and cooling are far larger.
From what I read, lighting only accounts for 10% of a utility bill. So
using CFL's (if you use lumen for lumen) should only reduce it 75% of
10% of your bill, so quick math says 7.5% reduction.
Now if you are like me, you'll have to up the cfl level. Meaning what
I got away with a 60w bulb, now I have to use a cfl the level of 75w,
to get the same level of light. So CFL's are drop in a bucket I call
my electric bill. ;)
tom @ www.YourMoneyMakingIdeas.com
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