12 Jul '11, 1am

Light Bulb Shopping Guide for Representative Barton

During my shopping trip, I found a Philips 72W efficient incandescent bulb for $1.50 at Home Depot.[1] The 100W bulb was cheaper – it was just 31 cents. [2] Both bulbs are rated to last 1000 hours, or about 18 months at 2 hours per day. But, the electricity I’ll save with the more efficient bulb covers my extra up front cost in just seven months. [3] For the remaining 11 months the product operates, I’m making money. Altogether, I figured my total cost (bulb plus electricity) with the conventional bulb is $10.59 while my total cost for the efficient incandescent is just $8.90. The bottom line: I make $1.69 by going with the efficient incandescent. This is a great deal for consumers, and looks even better when you consider that more efficient bulbs mean decreased need for power plants, which emit air pollution that harms people’s health and the environment.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jpresswood/light_bulb_s...

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