Home buyers in the 90's are
increasingly concerned about the rising cost of energy. It is common for buyers
to ask about utility costs and the energy efficiency when they are considering a
home. One way to reduce energy costs is as simple as changing your light
bulbs--from standard ones to compact fluorescent bulbs which are designed to fit
most standard light fixtures and lamps.
The initial purchase price of compact fluorescent
bulbs may seem a little steep--they average between $13 to $20 per bulb, but
they last at least 10 times longer than a standard light bulb and will reduce
your energy bills significantly. Manufacturers estimate that during the life of
a single bulb you will reduce your electric bill by over $40. As an added bonus,
the electric company will be able to reduce carbon dioxide emission by
approximately half a ton per replacement bulb. Compact fluorescents don't work
with dimmer switches, and if used outdoors, you should make sure that the
fixture is well-ventilated and protected from rain.