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New Light Bulbs in Plain English

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Here are two things that nobody wants to see increase: Your power bill and pollution - Booo! We're going to show you a small step you can take that can turn these arrows the other way - Yaaay! We're focused on your friendly household light bulb, the incandescent kind. The chances are there's one within a few feet of you right now. Go ahead, look around. That light bulb is not cool anymore. It's the VCR of light bulbs and it's quickly becoming obsolete, and for good reason. It's being replaced by a new kind of bulb. It's called a compact fluorescent, or CFL, and it's an easy way for you to make a big difference. Here are two reasons why. The real problem is coal, which is used to create over 50% of our electricity. When you turn on a light bulb, most of the electricity that powers that bulb comes from burning coal. When it's burned in power plants, CO2 and other pollution is released into the air. More burning coal equals more pollution, not cool at all. If that wasn't enough, coal also costs money. The more you burn for electricity, the higher your power bill. So, the ultimate goal is to burn less coal by using less electricity. Here's why new light bulbs matter. If you replace that old light bulb with a new CFL, you can save money and help prevent pollution at the same time. Consider these three big points. First, let's say you have a lamp in your house that you leave on for one full year, 24/7. You start with a 750 hour incandescent bulb. That lasts about a month. This means that over a year, you'll use about 12 bulbs for the lamp. At 60 cents a bulb, that's about $7.20. Now compare that to a single CFL that costs about 4 dollars. A CFL in the exact same lamp will last 10,000 hours. That's about the same as 13 regular light bulbs. This should be clear - less hassle, less money. But the last two points are the big ones. Lighting accounts for, on average, about $20 of a $100 monthly power bill. and CFLs use 1/4 of the power compared to an incandescent bulb. This means that using CFLs can lower a $100 power bill to $85 a month. That's cool. And finally, switching to CFLs can prevent hundreds of pounds of CO2 pollution each year. That pollution is a cause of global warming. So you can see the point, CFLs are simply a smarter way to light your home. If you're still not convinced, note that these aren't the buzzing blue tube lights from the kitchen of your past. CFLs have come a long way lately. Popular Mechanics did a blinded study with new CFLs and participants preferred the CFL light compared to incandescent bulbs and they fit in the same fixtures. The questions to ask is: Why not switch to CFLs? The next time you're at the store, pick up a four pack of CFLs, and replace the bulbs that are on the most - maybe the porch lights. Then ask your friends: Why haven't you switched? Are you still watching movies with a VCR? I'm Lee LeFever, and this has been New Light Bulbs in Plain English on the Common Craft Show.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 1 second
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Common Craft
Director: Lee LeFever
Views: 9,233
Posted by: leelefever on Sep 27, 2007

Switching the type of light bulbs we use at home is a small but impactful step we can take to both save money and reduce pollution. This video explains why we think it's time to switch.

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