#### fewtch

##### Headphoneus Supremus

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Has everyone seen/heard of those new compact fluorescent light bulbs by now?

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls

*"If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road."*

The nearby drugstore was having an incredible sale on these ($3.50 apiece, with a $2.00 off instant coupon on every bulb) so I replaced many of the incandescent bulbs in my house with these. They put out an approximately equal amount of light at 1/3 to 1/4 the wattage of normal light bulbs, and last six to ten times longer (or so they say).

I replaced three 60-watt bulbs in my bedroom (used a LOT) with three 13-watt fluorescents:

180 watts --> 39 watts

Replaced two 60-watt bulbs in the hallway with two 19-watt fluorescents:

120 watts --> 38 watts

Replaced the 60-watt bulb in my walk-in closet with a 23 watt fluorescent:

60 watts --> 23 watts

Total energy savings (so far anyway, I may replace a few more):

360 watts --> 100 watts

These new compact fluorescents can be expensive, but --

*are they really as "expensive" as dependence on foreign oil?*And if they last as long as they're supposed to, the energy savings should cover the purchase price several times over.

I haven't felt so good about doing anything in a long time. Think about getting a few of these compact fluorescents.