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Lightbulb (Incandescent, CFL & LEDs) Update

it's time to replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs

Can you remember when gas cost less than $1.00 per gallon? It wasn’t until the oil embargo in 1973 that Congress first set fuel efficiency standards and that forced dramatic improvements that started to take effect by the mid 1980s (read Time Magazine’s, A Brief History Of: Fuel Efficiency to learn more).

We’re finding new ways to squeeze oil from the earth but with global population growth there aren’t enough fossil fuels to meet everyone’s needs. Americans consume almost 5 times the global average per capital non-food energy (from Paul Chefurka’s World Energy and Population Trends to 2100) so it’s time... 

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Light Up Your Kitchen this Winter

kitchens remain a popular home remodeling project

When the days get shorter, we rely on our indoor lighting more. One way to update your kitchen in time for the holidays is to add some extra lighting, and if you use the new CFL or LED technology, you won’t really add much to your electric bill.

Maybe you haven’t thought much about the lighting in your kitchen. Lights are like many other features that make your home run smoothly – you don’t notice them until there’s a problem. When all your lighting illuminates the space you’re in, it’s working right. At the same time, you might not realize if... 

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Lightbulb Confusion: Incandescent vs ?XF#@C%*L#

Energy efficient light bulbs must phase in from 2012 to 2020

Light bulbs? We’ve all got spare bulbs tucked away in our house somewhere. You may not remember when you last bought or changed a light bulb. You probably don’t think about much unless it requires climbing up a ladder.

That’s because light bulb technology hasn’t changed for more than 100 years. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, also known as the “light bulb” law, is forcing manufacturers to come up with more energy efficient light bulbs. Why? Incandescent bulbs only convert 4 to 6 percent of the electricity used to visible light. The remaining energy being lost as heat.


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CFLs: Learn Why You Want Them

You’ve heard about CFLs, short for Compact Florescent Lightbulbs. Do you know why you should be using them throughout your home? They’ll save you money and time as you won’t have to replace them as frequently as you do incandescent bulbs. You’ll also be helping the environment as CFLs use less electricity.

Habits are safe, comfortable and you don’t have to think about things when it’s what you’ve always done. In fact we’re much more flexible than we realize when you think about televisions (50 years ago, they were black and white), home phones that required you to stay glued to... 

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