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It Starts With a Lightbulb

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The other day I was shocked (as a new CA resident) when I looked at my electric bill for the month. Considering that I’m really conscious about turning off lights and appliances and don’t own an air conditioner, it got me thinking about what I could do as a renter to save some energy and some money at the same time.

Because my apartment is already furnished with the main appliances (washer & dryer, refrigerator, and stove) I don’t have the option (or the wallet) of replacing the existing appliances with EnergyStar equivalents… but I can replace all of the lightbulbs. The EnergyStar CFL (compact fluorescent light bulb) lasts much longer (10 times) than the standard incandescent bulb and uses 66% less energy. It is estimated that replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt EnergyStar CFL can save you at least $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb! Also,

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.

Who knew that buying lightbulbs could be so rewarding?!