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What makes a home green? CFL Compact Fluorescent Bulbs. 

CFL Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs image – Florida Green Home BrokersStandard homes use incandescent light bulbs, inefficient 100 year old technology that converts 95% of its energy received into heat, and only 5% into light. Once we understand this, we realize that each light bulb is just like a small heater, each one making a home’s air conditioner work a little harder, and costing us a little more money.

This is one of the reasons why a home’s lighting can be responsible for as much as 20% of its electric bill, which is not good for a homeowner’s pocket or the planet, as unnecessary amounts of electricity have to be produced which also adds to air pollution and further global warming.

A little more than 20 years ago, CFL Compact Fluorescent  Bulbs became a slow solution as they flickered into our lives. Today they work perfectly, as we wait for the economics of their even better counterparts, LED Light Emitting Diod bulbs, to make sense.

ENERGY STAR certified CFL Compact Fluorescent Bulbs offer the following advantages:

Energy savings – A 60 Watt equivalent, that emits the same amount of light, uses only 13 watts, a 78% saving. The EPA awards their ENERGY STAR label to a CFL light bulb if its light output, compared to its energy input, is at least 3 times better than its equivalent incandescent.

Lower replacement costs – An average of 10,000 lifetime hours compared to only 900 for incandescent bulbs. The EPA awards their ENERGY STAR label to a CFL light bulb if it maintains at least 80% of its light output, compared to its energy input, at its 40% life milestone. That is 3 times better than its equivalent incandescent light bulb.

In order to receive the ENERGY STAR label, the CFL light bulbs must also pass tests for high standards in fast start up time, warm up time, safety, reliability, color consistency and rendering, quality, mercury control, and other Federal and industry standards.

Analysts have reported that 3 million American homes could be lit with the savings of energy that would result in us each swopping out only one incandescent light bulb for a CFL in our homes, while at the same time preventing global warming pollution equivalent of 800,000 cars on the road.


All of the green homes that we have for sale are fitted with CFL Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, while our LEED certified homes are fitted with LED Light Emitting Diod bulbs.

Thank you for visiting. Please check out the rest of our BLOG and contact us for more information. We look forward to making Green Home living, your reality.

Marius Smook – Lic. Real Estate Eco-Broker, LEED AP (Homes), Cert. Energy Rater.

 August 13, 2013

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