12 September, 2012

Save on Electricity Cost with CFL Lights

I was browsing the different early morning news on TV and a news report about the energy department giving away free CFL lights caught my attention. I googled it but can’t find a news about it though.

CFL_bulbI have not used incandescent bulbs for years because it apparently consume so much energy. CFL lights, although more expensive, lasts longer than traditional bulbs. Using CFL lights also lowers down a households electrical consumption. I wonder why manufacturers don't just discontinue the production of yellow lights to help solve the problem of using too much electricity. They should just develop CFL lights that costs as much as the cheap incandescent bulbs that a lot of people still use. 

But there apparently is a downside to using CFL according to a July 2011 study:
Once broken, a compact fluorescent light bulb continuously releases mercury vapor into the air for weeks to months, and the total amount can exceed safe human exposure levels in a poorly ventilated room, according to study results reported in Environmental Engineering Science, a peer-reviewed online only journal published monthly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. ~greenwashinglamps.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/defra-cfl-faq/
Good thing I’ve never broken a CFL bulb in the house. And based on the study, the mercury exposure is not safe for humans only if the bulb gets broken in a poorly ventilated room. Still, safe material handling should always be main priority when changing and disposing a CFL bulb. The study may or may not be wrong but it’s still better to be safe than sorry.

24 comments:

Jessica Cassidy said...

We use this kind of bulbs in our house. It does save bills and energy efficient. My husband is also a lineman and he knows what bulbs to use :-)

Author said...

Yes, we used to have all these high consumed lights before too but as soon as we know it was the reason why our electricity bill went-up we switched to long life and greener bulbs. It helps lower down our E. bills and for that it is worth switching to economise high electric bills. Oh yes, I kinda know about that broken CFL can be harmful if too much exposure to it. So, we should take note to this and start using a more home-friendly bulbs.

Adin B said...

That's what we use in the house though. I know Mercury is not good for our health so does a lot of things in this world. We just have to be careful and be responsible though.

Genny said...

Few years ago we have the bulbs that really bump up the bills but now we use the energy saver bulbs. Nice to know about it.

tatess said...

Is the photo a CFL light? coz,that is the one we are using in the house, it is energy saver and lasts long, even more than a year. They are a little big expensive but it worth it.

Chie said...

There are always pros and cons in everything we use. Incandescent bulbs are still used nowadays for they are cheaper and safer to dispose.

zoan said...

Hmmmm i knew before that cfl lights lower the electricity in the housethat is why we use it na rather than the light bulbs. Then kaya pala light bulb pa rin sa cr kasi not well ventilated sya :)

~Ms. Joy mH~ said...

Yes, they're really a good alternative for bulbs, I heard about this before that you can really save electricity using this type of bulb. Actually, this is what we have at home right now.

Jerla Oh lalala said...

that is exactly what we have. we conserve more energy using that kind of bulb. it is advisable to use that if we dont want to pay more to our next electricity bill.

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Les said...

CFL is definitely more expensive than incandescent lamps but it will save you a lot of money on your electricity bill.

love and living said...

i always make sure that i used cfl and led lights rather than the yellow bulb. It's cost saver and can give more light into any room.

Marie Michel said...

We're also using such and I can say we haven't been paying much on electricity bills...thanks for the input! We have a separate trash for bulbs, thank goodness!

sigrid @ marriagemarkers said...

Our bulb in the bedroom is looking dim already and we may have to change soon. Will ask hubby to get this one :D

Dhemz said...

that's interesting...good to know about it! we use regular bulbs.

Shela said...

We use this bulb when we went for a vacation. Let the kitchen lighted up the entire time for security reason it's ok coz they're less in electric used.

emzkie said...

i would like to have those for free too! yes they are quite expensive and saves you electricity too. but its poisonous too. it needs proper disposal to avoid any mercury leaks, and or course proper installation.

Bless said...

We are using all CFL bulbs in our house. They have proper disposal here for this kind of bulb. We can bring it to the dumpster site and they have ways there to dispose of it.

Lulu said...

CFL bulbs maybe expensive but they are worth it as you will save in the long run

Mye said...

I always make sure we buy CFL - it's a little expensive but definitely worth the money

nuts said...

I've been seeing CFL in the malls, supermarket and other store. maybe I should considering changing the bulbs in the house. My electricity bill went up, higher than the ceiling last month. :(

Mommy Pehpot said...

yikes! I dont have idea that it may harmful to humans in case if broken.. well, good thing now we're aware about it and how to handle at the same time.

jared's mum said...

i saw this ad on the telly + i sure can use one of these. most of the lights in our apartment are fluorescent lights + i'd like to replace them with CFl's especially the one in our living room which we need to use often.

HilLesha said...

Thanks for the info!

Alaina Bullock said...

We have finally switched over to using these bulbs in all of our lamps, and we love them! they put out a nice glow!

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