If the thought of spending a few extra dollars on energy saving light bulbs, just doesn’t appeal to you, read on.
The fact is that pricing has gone down and while e-bulbs still end up being slightly more expensive than the average bulb, they certainly are not ridiculously overpriced to the point where it seems you have to be rich in order to help save the world.
Ikea, for example sells a two pack of 11-watt bulbs for $9.99 (along with several other efficient bulbs). Wal-Mart also recently jumped on the e-bandwagon and started stocking store shelves with energy efficient lighting.
General Electric sells a GE Energy Smart compact fluorescent light bulb for about $4. So, as you can see, these arent exactly bargain prices meaning in order for these to have some sort of mass appeal, companies may have to find less costly ways of producing these bulbs so that the savings will be passed on to the consumer.
Although the push to be more “green” has made more people aware of alternative products they can buy that are more environmentally friendly, the choice still really comes down to pricing and also quality.
Treebeards, a restaurant that runs an event space Houston decided to jump on the band wagon in the hopes of customers noticing that they were trying to be as environmental as possible. But changing out over 100 bulbs at once was a deal breaker only a year ago. But price drops have finally allowed the switch and they have seen cheaper electricity bills since.
A lot of people believe in a certain stigma surrounding green or organic products as being slightly deficient from regular products.
When energy efficient light bulbs first appeared on the market, people charged them with giving off “ugly” light that flickers. However, improvements have meant less flickering and softer light very similar to what most people are used to.
Compact fluorescent lighting can replace up to 10 regular light bulbs. Plus, these lights use up about a quarter less energy than regular bulbs and last five to seven years.
On the earth saving side to this equation, one compact fluorescent light bulb saves about 500 pounds of coal in the production process. This is where the green aspect comes from and why any one that cares about the planet are pushing so hard for every single light bulb in the world be switched over.
And as more and more retailers demand these types of lights, the more production that will be in demand and over time this demand will create newer and better factory practices that will in turn make the bulbs cheaper as time goes on.
As with any newer technology, it is always expensive in the beginning, but the longer something is in production, the easier it is to find ways to produce cheaper and more efficiently, ending the process with lower prices for the consumer.