You know that a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb saves you much more in electricity costs than the incandescent bulb. But do you know how much? Take a look at some amazing pieces of statistics on energy-efficient light bulbs to feel good about the choices you have made or be inspired to make the switch.
Lighter on Your Check Book
CFL bulbs need only a quarter of the electricity than incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light. What is more, CFL bulbs also do not produce the dizzying glare that is characteristic of their incandescent counterparts. The former generates a whopping 75 percent less heat that in turn, saves you plenty of money in heating expenses. In fact, Americans save billions of dollars every year by using these energy-efficient light bulbs.
The energy thus saved can:
Light up all the households in an area that is equivalent to Washington D.C. for 30 years!
Reduce greenhouse gas pollution by an amount equivalent to increasing tree cover by 2.85 million acres!
Reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by an amount equivalent to taking two millions fume spewing cars off the road!
That was the bigger picture. But apart from the satisfaction of knowing how your choice affects the environment, you will of course, want to know how you benefit on a personal level by using CFL bulbs.
Energy-efficient light bulbs have a 10 percent longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs. In fact, one such bulb can last 8,000, hours which translates into seven years based on the average American household consumption pattern. You can save more than $30 in energy costs throughout the lifespan of the bulb.
If you switch to just five CFL bulbs, you will save more than $150 throughout their life spans.
Looks Matter Too
Switching to CFL bulbs not only helps your house become more energy-efficient but also reduces your carbon footprint and saves the environment. What is more, you needn’t compromise on your needs and/or aesthetic considerations for your décor if you switch to CFL bulbs. These energy-efficient light bulbs are available in a wide variety of designs—from bullet and globe designs to dimmable and cold cathode types—to suit your diverse needs and blend into any décor. You can also select colored CFL bulbs to add an element of quirkiness to your décor.
You now have absolutely no reason not to make the switch from incandescent to energy-efficient light bulbs.