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Tuesday Tip: Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs with CFLs

Every Tuesday we provide you with a helpful tip to help you save money, pay debt, get organized, or otherwise try to improve your day. Today’s tip: Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs with CFLs.

Our credit counseling advice is to get CFLs.

Our credit counseling advice is to get CFLs.

They may cost a bit more up front, but CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs will last longer and use less energy than a standard incandescent bulb. This can help with your household budget.


  • Ecosmart CFL soft white (60 watt) 4-pack: $6.97
  • Philips Duramax Incandescent soft white (60 watt) 4-pack:  $2.17

Incandescents are cheaper, but you’ll have to buy roughly 10 times the amount of bulbs to equal the life of a CFL.  That amounts to $21.70 using the above example.

CFLs also use about 25% of the energy that a regular bulbs use over their lifetime.  So you’ll save money on your electricity bill as well.

Also think about the convenience of not having to change your light bulbs so often.  Again, one CFL will last as long as 8 to 15 regular bulbs!

*prices found on homedepot.com on 6/03/2013

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Andi is a Marketing Assistant at ACCC. He is passionate about supporting financial literacy efforts and helping to educate people on the Talking Cents blog!

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