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Published December 07, 2009, 08:28 AM

Cold Season Savings: Light bulbs

(WDAY TV) - There is an easy way of saving money in your home. This one is as simple as replacing light bulbs. If you feel like you're falling into a dark abyss of winter energy bills, switch your lights.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - There is an easy way of saving money in your home. This one is as simple as replacing light bulbs. If you feel like you're falling into a dark abyss of winter energy bills, switch your lights.

Lighting is about ten percent of the average homes energy bills. The simplest way to reduce the amount you owe is by switching all your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy.

“No brainer; everyone should be doing it.”

If you cozy up to the warm light of an incandescent bulb lamp, you may forget about the winter chill, but that heat shows how much less efficient that bulb is.

“Not getting much bang for your buck.”

A majority of the wattage is used to create heat, whereas CFL bulbs use the majority of its energy to make light. That's why if you were to compare the two different bulbs with same wattage, the CFL bulb is so much brighter!

“It might cost you more to start, but pays for itself over life of the bulb.”

Pedersen says every bulb replaced with a compact fluorescent light bulb, saves about 50 dollars over the life of the bulb, which by the way is seven times longer for CFLs.

And don't forget the simplest way of all to save money on lights. Turn them off when you can because then, you can save money on those winter energy bills. Cheaper CFL bulbs may take longer to turn on, and may not be as bright as you're used to and be very careful if you break one, because they contain a small amount of mercury.

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