This past Earth Day Philips released a light bulb that can last for 20 years. 20 years – wow! Philips won a Department of Energy energy efficiency contest with a bulb that can last 30,000 hours when used for four hours a day. The bulb was released to sell at $60, but now retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s reduced the cost to $50. And now the best part – Philips said they are working on discounts to sell the bulb for $25. Forget about having to find that ladder to change a light bulb; just make sure to bring the bulb with you if you move! Here she is:
Even if the costs are more upfront, energy-efficient bulbs save you money on your energy bills and they use less energy causing less carbon pollution. Traditional incandescent bulbs have been found to contain mercury which can harm your health and are equivalent to driving a Hummer (on an energy consumption level).
This is my favorite quote of the article:
According to Philips, if every 60-watt incandescent bulb in the United States was replaced with their prize winner, “the nation would save about 35 terawatt-hours of electricity or $3.9 billion in one year.”
A nationwide changeover would also avoid 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions, said the company — equivalent to removing some 4 million cars from the roads.