In the past, flourescent light bulbs got a bad rap in the aesthetics department. (Just think back to the last time you were in a public bathroom and looked in the mirror, and you’ll know what we’re talking about). However, today’s energy savings bulbs, known as Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) can not only earn your apartment the green seal of approval, but save you some significant cash in the longrun. Better yet, the modern versions of these energy efficient light bulbs – designed for home use – have improved by leaps and bounds. You’ll get the comfortable light you want and save money at the same time!

What’s the Difference Between CFLs and Regular Light Bulbs?

While it’s easy to be put off by the upfront cost of CFL light bulbs, there are actually a lot of advantages to them, versus their regular light bulb predecessors. Here are just a few:

  • Long-Term Savings: Sure, the upfront cost may be more than your average bulb, but the savings can’t be argued with. Energy Star estimates that a CFL bulb will pay for itself within 6 months and save approximately $30 in its lifetime.
  • Long-Lasting Lighting: It’s estimated that CFL bulbs can last up to 5 years.
  • Keeping it Green: If every household in the U.S. replaced just one incandescent bulb with a CFL light bulb, we could elimiate greenhouse gas emissions equal to 800,000 cars.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: Manufacturers that produce Energy Star-qualified light bulbs are required to offer at least a 2-year limited warranty. Not happy? Ask for a refund.

Where Can I Buy CFL Light Bulbs?

CFL bulbs are widely available everywhere these days — from your local grocery store all the way to big-name home improvement stores. Just check the label to ensure you’re buying the right option.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Investing in CFL light bulbs for your apartment is a great way to save money. Want to know more about saving energy and how it can impact your bank account? Check out — the U.S. Department of Energy’s website that offers tips and tricks to maximize your energy dollar.

Turning lights out when you leave the room? Buying solar-powered outdoor lighting? What are your ways to save energy and cash with your lighting?



About The Author

Kari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.