Fog City Green Tip of the Day:
Compact Flourescent Light bulbs
A compact flourescent light bulb uses one third the energy
of a conventional incandescent light bulb.
April 10, 2007
The hottest thing in household energy savings is the compact
fluorescent light bulb (CFL). CFL's cost a bit more than your
conventional incandescent light bulb yet use one third the electricity
and last up to ten times longer than incandescent light bulbs.
CFL's are available nearly everywhere light bulbs are sold.
CFL's have come a long way since they were first introduced in
the mid-90s. A 7-watt CFL is comparable to a incandescent 40-watt
light bulb, and a twenty 26-watt CFL equates to a 100 watt incandescent
What kind of difference can one CFL light bulb make?
If every American exchanged out just one incandescent light bulb
for a CFL lightbulb, we would collectively
save more than $8 billion in energy costs, prevent the burning
of 30 billion pounds of coal and prevent two-million cars worth
of greenhouse gas emission entering our atmosphere per year.
Incidentally, conventional light bulbs are to be banned
across the European Union within two years in the fight against
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and help to
protect our environment from the increasing risk of global climate
change. Yes, you can make a difference.