Easy Green: Change Your Bulbs

The Compact Flourescent Lightbulb (CFL)—you know, the swirly-doodley one—is perhaps the greatest invention since . . . well . . . the original light bulb. An eco win-win, CFLs not only consume up to 75% less energy than their incandescent siblings, but also last 10 times longer, while saving hundreds—yes hundreds—on your electricity bill.



FACT: You'll save $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb's lifetime. Replace 45 incandescent bulbs (the average per U.S. household) and you'll save $180 per year (source energystar.gov).

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if just one million households replaced four traditional bulbs with four CFLs we'd eliminate 900,000 tons of greenhouse gases. If every American household changed just one light bulb to a CFL, we would save enough power to light more than 2.5 million homes. That's doing far more than taking 3.5 million cars off the road . . . permanently!

To boot, CFLs are beautiful (they look like ice-cream). They fit into three-way bulbs, emit a pleasant, "soft white" glow and are dimmable . . . bam-chica-wa-wa.




Olivia Zaleski is a green living expert.

Joan Crawford, Bette Davis
Culture
Share
New Favorite Show Alert: Ryan Murphy's Making a Series About One of the Juiciest Celebrity Feuds
Culture
Share
Here's What a $38,000 Plane Ticket Gets You
Culture
Share
How 'Bad Moms' Perpetuates All the Worst Stereotypes About Motherhood
Culture
Share
Watch Jennifer Lawrence Orchestrate a Daring Escape in a New Clip from 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
Culture
Share
Understandably, Kit Harington Compares Filming Jon Snow's Resurrection Scene to "a Teenage Boy's Wet Dream"
Culture
Share
27 Mother's Day Gifts That Beat Flowers and a Card
Jessica Jones on Netflix
Culture
Share
Netflix Can Predict Exactly What You'll Click On—and Why
Culture
Share
"You Physically Cannot Get Out of Bed": Ally Hilfiger Opens Up About Her Battle with Lyme Disease
Hamilton on Broadway
Culture
Share
'Hamilton' Set to Clean Up at the Tonys with a Record-Breaking 16 Nominations
Culture
Share
All the Must-See Looks from the 2016 Met Gala Red Carpet