In November 2012 I shared my plan to replace the remaining incandescent light bulbs in my home and to update several of our current compact florescent light bulbs (CFL) as part of my ongoing project to update the appearance of my home.
By November 2012 my husband and I had already…
- pulled up the the lower level carpet
- repaired the wet lower level sheet rock
- added an additional wall to seal off a second entry to our master bath
- installed a floating shelf in the master bath
- repainted the master bedroom
- pulled up the carpet on the stairs
- painted the stairs, foyer walls and trim
The next project we worked on was replacing some of the light bulbs throughout the house. The bulbs we specifically focused on were in the bathrooms, den, foyer and dining room.
Our plan was to replace the remaining incandescent bulbs in our decorative fixtures in an effort to reduce our energy bill even further and update the older CFL light bulbs in our bathroom.
If you remember, the light bulbs in my bathroom were working on my last nerve. The bathroom is where I do my hair and makeup but I was having to wait about five minutes for the lights to warm up before they’d emit the full lighting capacity.
I was losing precious time each morning waiting for these lights to warm up. When I learned GE lighting options included bulbs that were bright from the moment you flipped the switch, I knew I had to try them.
I did this post in two parts because I wanted to get my daughter involved in this project as a part of her science project due the end of the month.
We wanted to find out how much we would save annually by switching all of our incandescent light bulbs to newer CFL energy saving light bulbs. We also wanted to see if the GE light bulbs lived up to their bright from the start promise.
We used a printable form from the GE website but you can use the GE Energy Savings calculator to learn how switching light bulbs can reduce your energy cost.
Based on the data collected we’ve learned;
- We spend $217.75 on lighting each year.
- If we were using all incandescent bulbs our annual lighting cost would be $468.
- We are saving $250.25 with just the CFL’s we currently have.
- When we switch all of our light bulbs to CFL’s we’ll pay just $96 annually to light our home.
- If we don’t make any more changes to our lighting we’ll pay $2,177.50 for lighting over the next 10 years.
- If we switch to all CFL’s we’ll pay $1,217 over the next 10 years (That’s a savings of $960!!)
I have been very happy with the rewards associated with using CFL bulbs. After a few months of using them beginning around 2010, I began to see a decrease in our energy costs.
As part of this project I learned that LED bulbs offered even lower energy usage which could result in a lower energy bill. Unfortunately, while they are available online, I couldn’t find any GE LED light bulbs in my local Walmart stores.
I also wasn’t able to find GE CFL candelabra light bulbs nor the mini globe bulbs in my local Walmart. These seem to be specialty bulbs or either still new to the consumer market so if you are interested in changing yours, you may want to call ahead to check availability.
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.
We ended up switching out the CFL bulbs in the kitchen and bathroom. Those are the two rooms where we needed immediate brightness the most. We replaced our Sylvania CFL light bulbs with GE energy smart® Bright from the Start™ CFL light bulbs and are very happy with the results.
I feel like I have a new bathroom now. There’s no more waiting for the bulbs to warm up. I can just go in and do my hair or apply my makeup with no problem.
My time in the morning feels more streamlined thanks the newer GE bright from the start CFL light 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.