In honor of Thanksgiving being this week, here’s a creative way to cook your turkey:
Okay, so I really wanted to talk about light bulbs.
I am a firm believer in doing things that are “green.” However, I am also a believer that those things should save me some green as well. As astute readers of our blog may have noticed, we bought an old house a few months ago. In an ongoing series of blog posts I’m going to try to document the things we are doing to our humble abode to make it more energy efficient. I’ll be covering things both large and small, starting with small because that’s what we can afford right now.
So, back to light bulbs.
When we moved in one of the first things we bought at Lowe’s was a contractor pack of those squiggly compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and replaced nearly all of the light bulbs in the house. I left a few of the old incandescent bulbs in fixtures with dimmers since they would require special “dimmable” CFL bulbs and from what I understand don’t really dim well anyway. I know all of those bulbs say they will save some ridiculous amount of money right on the box, but I couldn’t help but to wonder how long it would take for me to see all those savings.
Fortunately for me I have access to some pretty sophisticated home energy simulation software. So I “plugged in” our house and changed out the light bulbs in the computer. This is what I got:
That’s almost $100 in energy savings per year. Considering I spent maybe $40-50 on replacing the bulbs, that’s about a six month payback. So, this has already paid for itself. My next plan is to swap out those last few incandescent bulbs with LEDs which can be dimmed and last 5x longer than CFLs and use even less energy.
If that doesn’t get you all excited about light bulbs, I don’t know what will. Until next time.
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