My husband and I are in the process of updating several areas of our home since our lower level flooded last year.
Then we re-painted the den, the lower level bedroom and the now exposed wood stairs.
It’s been an on-going but exciting process.
The next thing we’ll work on is updating the lighting throughout the house with GE light bulbs.
As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.
Right now we have Sylvania CFL bulbs but they have a delay when switched on. It’s as though the bulbs have to warm up before they crank out the full wattage.
When I’m getting ready to apply my make-up in the morning I have to turn the bathroom light on and then go do something else while it warms up.
We’ve had guest use our bathroom and tell us they think we need to change our bulbs soon because it’s going dim.
This is why it just made sense for me to partner with GE to bring awareness to the different types of light bulbs available and how replacing your bulbs will help your pocketbook.
When I bought the current bulbs I bought them in bulk. Mr.P researched various bulbs and decided that CFL is what would be best for long term savings.
In 2010, we switched all of our incandescent bulbs for CFL’s.
Incandescent bulbs produce light when an electric current passes through a filament and causes it to glow. These bulbs are less energy efficient than other light bulbs because of the amount of wattage needed to produce brightness.
Beginning in 2012, the U.S. Energy and Independence Act of 2007 require most incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light using less wattage.
Learn about the incandescent light bulb law and how to make the switch to energy saving light bulbs from GE. You can also use the GE Energy Savings and Usage calculator to learn how switching light bulbs can reduce your energy cost.
Watch the Big Change video
Less wattage means lower energy bills.
CFL bulbs do cost a little bit more on the front end but the savings makes up for that. Since replacing all of our incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs we’ve seen a significant drop in our energy cost and the bulbs last significantly longer than incandescent bulbs.
According to GE
The GE energy smart CFLs use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than other incandescents.
If you still have the incandescent bulbs but want to begin making the switch, take it slow like we did. Mr. P bought one pack of bulbs from Walmart every few weeks until most of our incandescent bulbs were replaced with CFLs.
After checking all of our fixtures for this project I realized that we still have several incandescents in the den, foyer and dining room that need replacing.
There are three different options available at Walmart and Sam’s Club however the GE energy-efficient soft white light bulbs will be the closest available alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs.
I have been so happy with the rewards associated with CFL bulbs but this this go round I’m going to try a few LED bulbs as well which offer even greater savings than the CFL’s.
I used the GE Energy Savings and Usage calculator to learn more about the different types of bulbs available.
Halogen: The same look, feel and nearly the same brightness as traditional incandescents for less cost. These would be considered as an energy saving alternative to CFLs.
CFL: The GE energy smart CFLs use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than other incandescents.
LED: Have a life span of 25,000 hours and use a 1oth of the wattage required for incandecents.
I’ll use this information to tally up my savings based on the number of bulbs I currently have. I will also to get my kids involved on this project as a way to teach them about energy conservation and how we can save money by making informed decisions about what products we use in our home.
I will share a part two of this article which showing you how we made decided which bulbs to buy, plus pictures of our shopping trip, and information on how much we are projected to save with our new bulbs.
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To learn more about the pricing and styles available in Walmart stores check out the pictures from my shopping trip.