Energy Efficient Light Bulb Facts

Energy Efficient Light BulbCompact fluorescents, also known as CFL bulbs, are energy-efficient light bulbs. They use as much as 35% less energy to produce the same amount of light as standard incandescent bulbs. CFL bulbs are designed in a variety of styles. They are available in very small sizes and can fit any type of lighting fixture.

Since they take up less space and require less energy, they can save homeowners a lot of money. They do cost more than standard bulbs, but they can last for up to five years!

Unfortunately, many people see the price and immediately decide not to purchase them. They end up buying cheap incandescent bulbs, without knowing that they could actually save a lot more in the long run if they invested in CFL bulbs.

Another problem is that people aren’t aware of how advanced the technology for compact fluorescents has come. While it’s true that they were far too bright in the early days of productions, newer compact fluorescent bulbs are available in a variety of different color temperatures. They are even dimmable now!

There is also a misconception that CFL bulbs contain a lot of mercury. While they do contain some, the amount is comparable to a thermometer, something that most households already contain. Fluorescent bulbs just need to be kept away from small children.

Here are the primary benefits of CFL bulbs:

  • CFL bulbs can produce 90% less heat while producing more light per watt than that of the average incandescent bulb. This means that they can be dimmed and still deliver a lot of light, thus saving energy and money in the process.
  • They are available in a variety of color temperatures and styles. It’s easy to find fluorescents that can go well with just about any décor. The warm colours are ideal for homes, and the cool colours are perfect for offices. CFLs are available in four colour intensities: daylight, cool white, bright white, and soft white.
  • Compact fluorescents are environmentally friendly. Replacing one standard bulb with a fluorescent bulb can reduce carbon emissions by as much as 1,000 pounds! Many people don’t realize how harmful one little incandescent bulb can be over its lifespan.
  • Installing CFL bulbs in a home’s five most frequently used light fixtures can save a family 25 euro or more a year in energy costs. Since each bulb has a really long lifespan, a family can save as much as 125 euro! A fluorescent light bulb investment will pay for itself within a few short months.
  • These bulbs can be used in outdoor lighting fixtures! Installing one inside of an enclosed fixture outside can add a nice, inviting look to a patio or deck. However, not all CFL bulbs are designed for the outdoors, so it’s important to read the packaging before you use one as such.

In conclusion, CFL bulbs obviously provide many advantages to both homeowners and businesses alike. The technology is growing so fast that some experts even expect standard incandescent bulbs to become obsolete in the not so distant future. And when you know the facts about these bulbs, it’s not difficult to see why.

Go Green With Steam Mops

Eco Friendly Steam MopsOne of the biggest challenges of going green is that toxic chemicals are used for a reason; they work.

Cleaning products are a perfect example of this. For all the dangers of chemical cleaning agents, they are highly effective at removing stains. Water alone, on the other hand, rarely gets the job done.

I’m talking about this today because I recently found a solution, well, at least for cleaning floors. In case you haven’t guessed, I’m talking about steam mops.

The best steam mops can tackle just about any sealed surface with zero chemicals. They achieve this by heating water past the point of boiling and using this power, instead of chemicals, to break down stains.

Now, you might be a little skeptical. I know I was, at first. But steam really is that powerful. The end of the mop is too hot to touch. And so far I’ve found that my own model breaks down just about everything that I throw at it with zero scrubbing.

If you’re still not convinced, it’s also worth noting that the popularity of steam mops actually has very little to do with the environment. This is just one of their many perks.

The other benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Most people buy steam mops for one reason and one reason only, they’re easier to use. They clean your floors faster, you never have to scrub anything and you don’t have to walk around your house carrying a bucket of water.
  • Speaking of water, less water means faster drying floors. As anyone who’s ever done housework can attest to, having to keep people out of a room while it dries is a major hassle. With steam mops, floors dry in a matter of minutes.
  • Quite a few steam mops come complete with extra attachments for cleaning things other than your floors. The Oreck Steam Wand for example, can be used to clean tiles and windows too. Try that using a traditional mop and bucket.
  • Most people don’t know this but steam mops can literally sanitize your floors. The best steam mops can sanitize an area of your floor in as little as 15 seconds. If you’ve got children crawling around or you just don’t like germs, this is a really convenient feature.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a way to go green without going inefficient, steam mops can make for an excellent purchase. Unlike many green products, you don’t sacrifice functionality. If anything, you gain it.

Top Ten Ways to Save Energy at Home

Green HomeMost homeowners would love to use less energy. It’s good for the environment. It’s good for their wallet. Despite this fact, many homeowners continue to waste energy day in and day out.

The reason for this is simple. Most home owners have no idea how easy it is to cut back.You don’t need to buy new appliances or insulation. And you certainly don’t need to live in a cold house either.

Here are ten free, or almost free, ways to save energy.

Inspect Heating and Cooling Systems

Have the heating and cooling system inspected at least once a year, to ensure that it is operating properly and there are no leaks or faulty equipment that could waste gas or electricity. Remember to change the filter on these systems at least once a month because if they get clogged this could have a big impact on your utility bills and use of resources.

Plug Drafts and Gaps

Use caulk, plastic, and weather stripping to eliminate any drafts and air loss that occurs. Many homes have gaps with windows and doors, and these can be a big drain when it comes to keeping the desired temperature in the structure. Filling in these gaps will make it much more efficient and require less electricity.

Insulate Your Pipes and Tanks

Add insulation to any exposed hot water pipes, and to the water heater if it is an older model. This isn’t like insulating the attic, it’s a five minute job that will cost no more than a few dollars.

Set the Water to 48 Degrees

Set the temperature of your hot water heater to approximately 48 degrees Celsius. Lower than this and you could allow harmful bacteria or other micro organisms to grow. A higher temperature however is completely unnecessary.

Use Smaller Appliances When You Can

Use a smaller appliance instead of the oven to help keep the kitchen comfortable and save on power. It requires a lot less to use the microwave or toaster oven than it does to heat up the entire full sized appliance.

Organize Your Refrigerator

Use your refrigerator space wisely. Make sure that you allow room for air to circulate around the items stored here, to ensure maximum efficiency and the ideal food storage conditions. If you pack groceries and do not allow space between products then the fridge will have to work harder.

Replace Refrigerator Seals

Replace old seals on the doors of the refrigerator, and try to keep the door closed as much as possible. A good way to tell how effective the seal is can be seen with a dollar. Place the bill in the door and shut it, and then try to pull the currency all the way out of the appliance.

Use the Right Lights

Use dimmers and other types of lighting that offer variable settings. This will allow you to get the brightness and illumination that you want while conserving on power at the same time. And of course, use energy efficient light bulbs. In the long term, they make for an excellent investment.

Pull the Plug

Before you go to bed at night, plug everything out. Don’t be fooled by stand by modes. If the red light is on, the appliance is using energy. And you’re paying for it.

Close the Door

Finally, the easiest way to cut your energy bill in Winter is to simply keep your windows and doors closed. Every time they open, the heat pours out and your heating system has to work twice as hard to heat the space again.