Some Really Nice And New Eco Products
An eco product that you have all heard of is LED light bulbs. Until now the price has been high for these screw in replacements for your indoor or outdoor light bulbs. We think that the tables have now turned because of recent price changes. We are seeing bulbs in the $10-15 range that are great 40-60 watt bulb replacements. If you find some deals, you might even find 75-100 watt replacements. The first thing most people might think about is the energy savings. The energy savings are substantial. But even if you ignore those substantial energy savings you will still save on LED over CFL bulbs for the simple reason that the LED bulbs last so much longer. There is less bulb changing in terms of cost and hassle as the years go by. PLUS no mercury. In our own very informal testing we have not seen CFL bulbs last all that long. Some do but most have not.
So how much energy is saved? A 40 watt incandescent would be reduced to a 6 watt LED bulb. Here is an example: Let's take our porch light. We prefer about 40 watts of light from our porch light. To us that is not to dark or to bright. We can run our porch light 3 hours an evening for 365 days a year and it will only cost us about 72 cents per year at 11 cents per kilowatt hour. Imagine that, we could run the bulb 24 hours a day for 365 days a year for only $5.76 a year. Even better, we only pay 7 cents a kilowatt here so it would be close to half that. They say these bulbs last about 9 years. It would cost close to about $4.80 to run an incandescent for 3 hours an evening (365 days a year) at 11 cents per kilowatt hour rather than 72 cents.