A price check may make you hesitate before going green when it comes to home lighting. But did a little deeper and cost comparisons show that going green with light bulbs can really pay off.
The average household spends about 22-hundred dollar a year on its energy bill. 12-percent of that is going toward lighting your home.
Incandescent light bulbs and halogens might seem more affordable at the checkout aisle. But in the long run, you’re burning money. They use more energy and have a short life span.
The greener alternatives of compact fluorescents and L-E-D bulbs have come down in price since first introduced and now have some real cost benefits.
CFB’s are 75-percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Savvy Spender bought a four pack at Home Depot for $4.97. They are expected last 9 years and have an annual estimated energy cost of $1.69.
The bad news on CFB’s is that they contain mercury and lead. They need to be disposed of properly and are dangerous if the bulb breaks.
L-E-D’s are more expensive but are just as energy efficient, will last you longer and don’t contain mercury and lead.
Savvy Spender found an LED bulb equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent that cost $17.98. The packaging says it will last nearly 23 years and has an estimated energy cost of $1.32 per year.
So the next time the lights go off, spend a little more time looking beyond the price tag when it comes to saving money on home lighting.
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