I went to Target tonight to get some lightbulbs. I’ve never tried compact flourescents but it seems they appear as the thing to do in every money/energy saving article I see. (Are they supposed to be good for the environment too? I have no idea…) I guess since they’ve become all the rage I haven’t changed many bulbs and we’ve had enough regular ones stocked up to last us – and the savings of a few dollars on an item I buy about once per year didn’t seem worth the research.
Anyway 1 CFL was $5 claiming 6000 hours of light.
A pack of 8 regular bulbs was $3 for 1500 hours of light per bulb = 12000 for the pack.
What gives? Do they actually cut down on the amount of energy used? As in, my electric bill will go from $23/month to $10/month? I don’t feel like searching the internet for an article that seems credible, I want an example from a real person. I think I’ll go also post this on the Early Retirement Extreme forums, which get a lot more traffic!
Update 8-28: I did go post the question on ERE and got some great responses. I’m sticking with regular bulbs for now…