CFL vs. Incandescent

Did you know that lighting in your home usually reflects around 20% of your electric bill?

At first glance it might not seem much, but in a $100 bill, it equates to $20.  What if you could lower that 20% to 5%?  Or better yet, what if you can turn that $100 Pepco bill into an $85 one with a simple change?

The change I’m referring to is NEW BULBS.  Swap out those traditional incandescent bulbs to energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), preferably ENERGY STAR qualified.  We promote the use of CFLs because they provide the same amount of light (if not more) as their equivalent incandescent bulbs while they use up to 75% less energy and last much longer.

In the past, CFLs didn’t get the greatest reviews.  The light they emitted wasn’t very friendly to the eyes, they didn’t fit all light sockets, they didn’t work with dimmers or 3-way switches, etc.  Now, the technology has developed to a point where CFLs have a broad range of color temperatures, fit most incandescent light sockets, and are even more efficient than before.

FYI – CFLs do contain up to 5 milligrams of mercury; the amount that would cover the tiny ball at the tip of a ballpoint pen.  CFLs are safe to use as no mercury is released while the bulbs are in use.  Though the amount of mercury isn’t very significant, mercury is a key component of all types of fluorescent lighting.  It is important that anyone using CFLs understand the potential harm from improper cleanup of a broken fluorescent lamp bulb and how to dispose of them properly.

Now, everything good comes with a “price.”  That is, CFLs cost a bit more than traditional incandescent bulbs.  We’re helping with that as well.  Pepco currently has a discounted CFL program in the District of Columbia as well as Prince George’s & Montgomery counties in Maryland.  All customers have to do is go to participating stores and purchase the designated CFLs.  There’s no rebate or coupon needed.  The discount has already been applied to the purchase price of the CFLs ($1.50 off of single packs & $3 off of multi packs), so the price on the shelf is the discounted price.

So, if you or anyone you know hasn’t already converted to CFLs, it’s time to do it now.  You don’t have to settle for light you don’t like while you save money and energy (in turn reducing the amount of carbon emissions from generating energy).

‘Til the next post,


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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc., delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 788,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Pepco is committed to providing its customers with information on energy conservation, renewable energy sources and steps the company is taking to meet customers' changing needs.

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