Get Paid to Change Your Light Bulbs

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes

CFLBy now, most everyone is at least aware of CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs).  Perhaps you are even aware of the tremendous energy savings these bulbs offer over traditional lamps.  If not, I've shown the potential savings below.  What you may not be aware of is the current promotion at Lowes. 

First, the math

The average home has 50 light bulbs.  (Hang on, finish reading and then go count)

The average bulb is on 4 hours per day. 

Assuming 60W bulbs, this equates to  50*4*365*60 = 4380 Kilowatt hours (KWH) of energy consumption per year. 

The average KWH costs $0.10. 

So, your light bulbs cost you $438 / year.

A CFL uses less than 1/4 of the wattage of traditional bulbs which equates to $109.50 per year. 

Converting your house to CFLs yields a savings of $328.50 per year.

Knowing this, I assume you are rushing to your cars and headed to the store.  But, it gets even better.  For a limited time, you can buy a 7-pack of 13W (same light output as a 60) bulbs for $9.98 and receive a gift card for $10.00 off of your next $50 purchase.  That's right, the net price is -$0.02! You get paid to save hundreds of dollars.

For those of you who like to throw money away, please send a little my way.  Better yet, do something useful with it and send it here.  For the rest of you, head to Lowes

CFL

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Erik Hitzelberger is a licensed REALTOR with RE/MAX Alliance in Louisville. If you need a Louisville Real Estate agent please email me or call 502.921.3989.

I specialize in the following areas of the Metro Louisville Area: Prospect, Middletown, Jeffersontown (J-Town), Fern Creek, Okolona, Shepherdsville, Mt Washington, Hillview, Brooks and Pewee Valley.  Click the following links to learn more about Louisville and Bullitt County Real Estateor to Search for Louisville Homes 

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Comments (19)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

This works for those that have home fix-up projects in their future. I don't know what I'd do with $10 off a $50 purchase at Lowe's.

Jul 28, 2009 05:49 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Vickie - Even if you through the coupons away, 50 bulbs cost about $70 and you'd save over $325+ per year.  The additional benefit is that the bulbs are supposed to last 5+ years.  If so, your $70 investment would be worth over $1600.  And that's conservative as I'm pretty sure CA electric rates are more than $0.10 per KWH.

W/R/T the gift cards, you can mail them to me.  I'll definitely put the to use :)

Jul 28, 2009 05:54 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I'm a numbers guy, so this really made an impression on me. And there are three Lowe's stores within 15 minutes of my house. Thanks for the tip, Erik!

Jul 28, 2009 06:29 PM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Featured @ Club Chaos

Jul 28, 2009 10:44 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

John - I am into numbers as well.  This is such a simple thing, I can't believe people wouldn't do it if they understood the savings.

C- Thanks!

Jul 28, 2009 11:35 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Erik, that is a substantial savings. What I like about CFL's is they last a long time. Thanks.

Jul 29, 2009 01:12 AM
Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

Great post.  I have switch to these bulbs, but I really do not feel they shed the same light.

Jul 29, 2009 01:32 AM
Inna Hardison
ha media group - Orlando, FL
Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group

Erik - you so totally made my day with this.  I replaced most of the bulbs in the new house we moved to with CFL's but didn't have enough to replace all of them:-)  At this price, even without the gift card it is so worth it!  PS: if anyone doesn't want the gift cards, I'll take them.... It'll make my garden very very happy:-)

Thanks SO MUCH Erik for letting us know about this.

Jul 29, 2009 02:40 AM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Michael - I agree.  There are a few lights in my house that are a real pain in the rear to change.  With CFLs, I hope to only have to do it once in a great while.

Jim - I really don't have a problem with the light intensity, but the delay takes a little getting used to.  One solution could be to swap to the 75W equivalent in key areas.  The actual usage is under 20W so you still get great savings

 

Jul 29, 2009 03:06 AM
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

Seems like a very simple way to save a lot of money once you get over the intiial cost of retrofitting.  Thanks for the info.

Jul 29, 2009 05:06 AM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Inna - I haven't heard from you in a while.  Hope all is well.  Thanks for stopping by, but go steal gift cards from someone else's blog.  I need them:)

Tom - It's as easy as, well, changing a light bulb.

Jul 29, 2009 07:28 AM
Inna Hardison
ha media group - Orlando, FL
Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group

Erik - I am here now, for a while.  I even blogged yeserday again:-) It's been so long i am surpised I clicked all the right buttons...

As for gift cards - by all means keep yours!!! You've earned them with this post:-)

Jul 29, 2009 07:42 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

When you put it that way, sure sounds like a great deal to me. I need to go out and get some more of these bulbs anyway.

Jul 29, 2009 10:11 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Hey Erik. I agree, going with these bulbs just makes sense. Saves you money, even though you may not notice it right away. Over time, it saves money.

Jul 29, 2009 02:10 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Inna - I really enjoyed your post.  It was an interesting glimpse into your life and it made me recall parts of my own.

JL - Too many people procrastinate, make excuses for not taking advantages of opportunities, and then complain that times are tough.  I know you aren't one of them.  Good to see you.

John - If you've lived in your house more than a year and replaced all of the bulbs at once, you'd probably be able to see the year-over-year impact ($20-$40) on your next electric bill.  BTW, Welcome back.  I hope the rest of your trip went well.

Jul 29, 2009 02:34 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Conserving energy is great but I can not stand those light bulbs. The lighting quality is poor.

Jul 30, 2009 12:29 AM
Jim Valentine
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Gardnerville, NV

That's the first time I've seen the savings detailed to where it made sense.  Thanks.  I can see changing out many in my home that won't affect the aesthetics, but will provide savings.

Jul 30, 2009 01:12 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

OK...I'm going to head over and buy some. Thanks!

Jul 30, 2009 03:10 PM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Bill - Buy the 26W (100W equivalent).  This should cover any difference in intensity.

Jim - For the best return, replace high use areas with multiple bulbs such as over the kitchen / dining room table or a BR ceiling fan.

Lizette - It's kinda late.  You might wait until tomorrow.

Jul 30, 2009 03:42 PM