Introduction: Cut Your Energy Bill in Half FOR FREE!

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ITS TRUE! ( if you live in a town that does this) AN JUST BY CHANGING A LIGHT BULB! Since it uses less power it will save you money AND help the environment.

Step 1: Materials

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a lamp with an incandescent.
your local PUD or energy supplier, got them and see if they do a program for energy saving, mine did and hey gave us 2 boxes of cfl's, in each box it had 2 smaller oxes with 6 cfl's in it! thats a total of 24 FREE cfls and as they burn out, they give you more!

Step 2: Unscrew the Old, Screw the New

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Take out your old bulb, and screw in a nice new cfl!

Step 3: How Does This Help?

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well CF's use less power than normal light bulbs, heres that math to prove it

64 Watts Incandesant
14 Watts CFL
50 Watts of saving!

Step 4: Savings!

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I work art afurniture store, we leave lights on over night to show off lamps, when we switched to cfls we saved about $250 dollars a month!

at my house we saved about $100 a month!

Now thats some saving!

thats about half of my electricity bill!


macruadhi (author)2009-03-28

I love the idea of saving money, but CFLs light drives me nuts. It is too artificial, and tests have been done that show fluorescent light causes migraines and general malaise.

atombomb1945 (author)macruadhi2009-03-30

Try LED Bulbs. They cost a bit more, but use VERY little power and give off a clean white light. The strobe effect of Florescent lights can be one of the reasons for the headaches. LED's just stay on.

itsthatsguy (author)atombomb19452009-03-30

lol one f the points is the cfl's are free, anyway leds do have some strobe as well, l ights cycle at 60 herts or change positive to negative 60 times a second leds are light emitting DIODES, this means they only light if electricity is going in a certain directions do to these affects leds cycle slower, being on for 30 cycles and off for 30 meaning these have more of a strobe affect thats visble. I'm fluent enough with electronics to be an entry level electronic technical, i get my facts from educational books! lol

Electrospark (author)itsthatsguy2014-10-04

No because they have a bridge rectifier that takes the 60Hz and transform it to DC power and then it goes to a capacitor to make a pure DC output so the light will not flicker.

waterlubber (author)itsthatsguy2012-08-12

No flashing if you throw in a wee capacitor.

yes and the ballast of cfls boosts the frequencyinto the kHz range, nobody can see that flicker.

KittyF (author)Tool Using Animal2010-11-17

you may not be able to "SEE" it flicker but your body reacts to it. our bodies are much more sensitive to environment than previously thought.

consider that ANY light during the night, except red light, causes a drop in melatonin production resulting in a loss of sleep quality. Who knew? but it was happening and they're now reporting it. most people respond negatively to High power electric lines, but you can't quantify it. they make me feel jittery and anxious.

Same with CFLs. they bother me. the light is wrong, hurts my eyes and makes me tired at least two hours sooner every night than regular light bulbs.

thetech101 (author)itsthatsguy2009-05-05

The newest LED bulbs use AC to DC converters. Only the more expensive bulbs have this. The cheap 15 dollar bulbs don't, but the more expensive 40 dollar bulbs do. This means that they don't flicker. They can use as little as 2 watts per hour of use. It's more cost effective to build your own lights and use an AC to DC "wall brick" to power them. For most comercially available LEDs, every 3 watts worth of diodes puts out the same amount of light as a 60 incandescent bulb. For most households (at least in my area), it would take 10 to 12 months to cover the cost of the homebuilt lights. And more than 2x as long for the pre-built, store-bought bulbs.

itsthatsguy (author)macruadhi2009-03-29

i believe that those could be caused by EMI but the light cycling at 60Herts can affect brain patterns(NASA uses blinking lights to simulate night and day in space)

waterlubber (author)itsthatsguy2012-08-12

Ooooohhhhh subliminal fry your brain! WOOOOO!

citation needed

PKM (author)Tool Using Animal2009-03-30

Hehehe... I'm very dubious about some of these claimed studies, I grew up with CFL (parents were eco-conscious before it was fashionable and got the early CFLS- the ones that weighed about 500g each, took ten minutes to warm up and blew after a mere five years) and I've never noticed the light to be bad. The 24W one in my room makes a tiny quiet buzzing sound (that I only hear at 1am while creeping around trying not to wake other people up), but the thing I most notice is the light seems to keep me awake- perhaps because it's closer to daylight than incandescent :D

KittyF (author)PKM2010-11-17

this reminds me of another dissadvantage of CFLs. the story they tell us is they last SOOOOO long. but I haven't found that to be true. perhaps a year, but no longer. they burn out at almost the same rate as regular bulbs.

PKM (author)KittyF2010-11-17

Really? I've used them forever and I don't think I've ever had a single one "burn out". The older ones would eventually get a bit dim and take longer to warm up, but they keep working.

Are you using them on a dimmer (bad) or in an area with patchy or noisy electricity supply? That's the only reason I could think of that would make them actually blow that often.

KittyF (author)PKM2010-11-18

I can believe we have inferior electric service. we live in a large farming community.

macruadhi is rite

but where did u get the CFL lights for free???

itsthatsguy (author)silencekilla2009-04-05

from my energy supplier, they do a green program where they set you up with cfl's and give you some if they ever burn out. if your local pud or energy supplier doesn't offer this got a bulk supplier and buy like 24 for about 10-15 usd

arthurcorbin (author)macruadhi2009-03-30

please provide studies. I teach lighting and nothing supports this claim. Older fluorescents with magnetic ballasts did cause headaches and fatigue in some people. Newer systems with electronic ballasts do not. thanks.

Holden_vy_s (author)macruadhi2009-03-29

I agree that they seem to artificial, there is no better lighting than tungsten heated to 3000°C.

I prefer good, old fashioned fire.

Del-Air (author)2013-08-30

It is that simple as to replace your light bulbs that can save you money in your power bill. Simple actions can make a difference, such as turning the lights off or using the dimmers, turning your electronic devices when not in usage, turn off the air conditioner, open the windows during nice days, and use your dryer less.

Kush_Slayer (author)2009-05-13

what do they do with the mercury in the cfls or have the environmentalists not figured that out yet, also they dont work as well in the cold(like up in north dakota)

itsthatsguy (author)Kush_Slayer2009-05-13

hey the mercury is used to conduct electricity so they work! lol

KittyF (author)itsthatsguy2010-11-17

The murcury SCARES me to DEATH!! my grandkids keep breaking the bulbs when they're jumping around their room and then they breath the vapors while sitting there scared to tell me they did it, and I'm NOT using those bulbs.

Another side benefit of CFL bulbs is they're known to raise your blood sugars when they're on, but as much as 20 points. No CFLs for me. I'm stocking up on good old fashioned bulbs.

waterlubber (author)KittyF2012-08-12

BLOOD SUGAR? HOW? Your not eating. Impossible.

KittyF (author)waterlubber2012-08-25

body reacts to the unnatural light by altering how it uses food.

waterlubber (author)KittyF2012-08-26

Well, I guess anything BUT the sun does that.

KittyF (author)waterlubber2012-08-26

incandescent light is closer to natural as opposed to florescent in the wave lengths, light colors and steadiness of the light.

levitts (author)KittyF2011-06-28

they *KEEP* breaking lightbulbs??!? your grandkids need DISCIPLINE and MUCH closer supervision

KittyF (author)levitts2011-07-01

Well, the bulbs are on a lamp that's over the bed and different times they've broken two or three over the last ten years bu jumping on the bed, or falling off the bunk bed..

not HUGE, about normal for five kids ages 15-4. but now that I know about the mercury I sure try to clear the room ASAP to protect them best I can.

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roulopa (author)KittyF2011-10-14

LEDs don't break...

Tinderbox (author)itsthatsguy2009-05-14

I think he means after the bulb's service-time. Sure mercury conducts electricity, and I'd be pretty happy at saving some significant sterling on my electricity bill, though you can't just chuck these in the bin for obvious, runny-metal reasons! So how do you dispose of these CFLs, and are we sure that they're safe? they must get pretty warm, and seeing as a regular lightbulb's vacuum can 'go', is there a risk of mercury leakage?

itsthatsguy (author)Tinderbox2009-09-19

i think CFL's are standard 14.6 PSI so i think they wont break, and its vapourus mercury. Ohh no mad hatters.

coolsciencetech (author)2010-02-09

just wondering...
say you lived somewhere that is usually cold enough that you would need a heater on most of the year... wouldn't incandescent bulbs work just as well because the heat that they give off is warming your house causing your heating bill to go down? Efficiency wouldn't really matter if your house needs to be heated...

Could work! I mean, then you can lower the heaters power. Light bulbs are running on heat...

roulopa (author)coolsciencetech2011-10-14

You would need 10*100w regular lightbulbs to heat up a small room in average temperatures. And that's lighting all the time at full power... does not work out does it.

Yes and no, the incandescents heat is almost nothing, they get to about 90 degrees, but, they only heat things in close proximity and wouldn't make a difference on your houses temp.

Aside from that cranking the dial up a few costs a lot less than using incandescents.

Sources: I live in the cold, in Tahoe to be exact =).

tankguy (author)2009-04-11

You "work art afurniture strore"? (step 4) lol I think you mean you work at a furniture store.

mykiscool (author)tankguy2012-07-14

LED replacement bulbs are even better, they turn on instantly, last longer, and use less power and they are also only $4 on ebay.

kkarwan (author)tankguy2012-03-18

why does it matter he just mistyped not trying to be mean but seriously...

frollard (author)2009-05-19

Same here - I shower in pitch black...still not sure why, but its a neat experience every time to do the 'experience life like a blind person' trick - although I did have to switch to 2-in-1 shampoo conditioner because doing them in the wrong order sucks :P CFLs or LED everywhere else in my house. Shame the projector is a 300 watt xenon bulb.

KittyF (author)frollard2010-11-20

I've always enjoyed bathing by candle light or a kerosene lamp. pitch black just seems like work. LOL

frollard (author)KittyF2010-11-20

It's not so bad - like I said its a 'learn to use your other senses' thing - not too much effort especially if you familiarize yourself with the shower controls, soap location, and where the towel is :)

KittyF (author)frollard2010-11-21

LOL it's the location of the soap that's my worst problem. that stuff is so slippery that It always ends up SOMEWHERE on the floor of the tub.

roulopa (author)KittyF2011-10-14

If you have a window in your bathroom, shower when you can use daylight or at least a minimum of it.

mcarrell (author)2011-07-01

Go L.E.D. The upfront cost is coming down and even if it didn't, they last long enough and use so little energy, it will pay for itself in 2 years or less... NO MERCURY TOXIC WORRIES!

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