Is Your Green Light Bulb On?

I realize that some of the challenges I put out there might seem daunting. Like giving up your plastic bags. (But I use them for my pets…) Or taking your own to go containers to a restaurant. (But I always forget…) Meatless Mondays – say what? But this one is so easy!  Switch to CFL light bulbs. I swear you will thank me!

Truth be told, I didn’t like CFLs when they first came out.  They weren’t bright enough. Well, that’s so yesterday. You can buy them as bright as any incandescent light bulb.

So why would you? I know why I have and I wanted to share.  To help you make the switch, I swiped this from the TEP website.  Is there a downside? Pray tell.

Save Money:
Switch to CFLs and you’ll save up to $30 in
energy costs over the life of each bulb.

Save Energy:
CFLs use 75% less energy
than standard incandescent light bulbs.

Reduce Waste:
CFLs last up to 10 times longer than
incandescent bulbs so they reduce solid waste.

One step makes a difference!
When you buy and install
CFLs in your home, it helps reduce the amount of energy needed to light your
home. That means there is less demand at the power plant, which ultimately
translates into a reduced impact on our region’s natural resources.

More good stuff about making a difference AND saving money at www.tep.com

 


2 thoughts on “Is Your Green Light Bulb On?”

  1. Erin says:

    Yes, they are cost effective for the individual/company buying them but I would question if they are truly good for the environment due to the fact that they, like so many things, are made in China and transported to the Americas. So what truly is their carbon footprint? They take more energy to make per bulb and then have to be shipped globally. Does that really offset the fact that you are no longer using as much energy from local power plants?

  2. Mrs. Green says:

    Erin -thank you so much for your comment. I call it the green conundrum. There are so many things that are tied to China that it shuts me down at times – even when I searched and searched for stainless steel water bottles. My decision to switch to CFLs was based on the things I have control over. I can control how much energy I use and try to use less. I can measure that impact. One thing I don’t know but will research – are incandescent bulbs made in the USA? I know getting from here to there is always a challenge so I keep moving forward doing what I believe makes a difference – even if it’s one light bulb at a time.

    On a side note, comments mean the world to me. As my tag line states: we don’t want to tell you what to think, we should want you to. Thank you for making ME think more about this.

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