Replacing energy-robbing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps is a simple, cost-effective way to slow the rate of global climate change while saving money on utility bills. Throughout July 2010, Clean Energy Structures invited the public to visit the Clean Energy Outlet to exchange their conventional light bulbs for CFLs: We distributed more than 1,750 bulbs free of charge. The total amount of power used by the original incandescent bulbs was about 118,000 watts. In comparison, the replacement CFLs use just 32,000 watts, which is less than 30 percent of the electricity needed for the same amount of lighting.
On a typical monthly electricity bill, the savings created by all of these replacement bulbs adds up to more than $220 for every 24 hours of use.