A house full of CFLs can save $100 a year in energy costs

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Compact flourescent light bulbs use one-third the energy regular light bulbs use.

This week we’re going to talk about ways you can “go green” without changing your lifestyle or disrupting the way you and your family live. And, it’s not only better for the environment, it’s better for your bank account.

Did you know that a compact fluorescent light bulb uses only about a third of the energy a regular light bulb uses? The average home has about 18 lights that are capable of wasting energy at any given time just with the flip of a switch.

They now make compact fluorescent light bulbs in just about every size and for every application imaginable. They’re very affordable and can really knock the stuffing out of your utility bill.

How about garage lights and exterior lighting? Many of us even have mercury lights to illuminate our yards that create even more space in our wallets instead of the much more economical sodium lights that are available.

Add all of these together and multiply that by every day that you’ll flip on a light switch, and we’re talking about a savings that can easily amount to more than $100 per year. No kidding. A $100-a-year savings just by changing your light bulbs, and that’s not sacrificing with less lighting or dimmer bulbs either.

Compact fluorescent bulbs and other forms of “green” lighting reduce electrical consumption, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels at electrical power plants. It’s better for the environment and is the easiest way I know of to knock $100 off of your energy bill.

Joel Wensley is a licensed mechanical contractor in the state of Michigan, a member of the Comfort Institute, and is also the president of Mechanical Heating & Cooling in Dearborn Heights.