After calculating my carbon footprint, I found that my highest total came from the home category, with 9080 kg per year. I feel that this is mainly a result of the light bulbs and light usage in my home. I counted a total of 75 light bulbs, 74 incandescent and 1 CFL. After questioning my parents about our lack of CFL light bulbs, I learned that the only one we had was from a school project in which each student at my sister’s school was given a CFL light bulb to try in their homes before purchasing many of their own. My dad expressed his discontent with the light bulb’s pricing and quality, so I did some research about CFL light bulbs.
To my surprise, I found many articles on the disadvantages of these light bulbs. First, there is the cost. After doing some online shopping, I found the average cost was about $3-$5 per 13 watt CFL light bulb and $1-$2 per 13 watt incandescent light bulb. It is claimed that CFL light bulbs will pay back this difference in the energy that they save and their longer lifetime, but this is only proven true in commercial and industrial cases, not residential.
The quality of light is also much lower in CFL light bulbs. In fact, the average incandescent bulb is 64.5% brighter than the average CFL light bulb. One would think that in paying more for a light bulb, you would receive a better quality of light, but CFL light bulbs provide less light than incandescent. The European Union, after putting a ban on incandescent light bulbs, even admitted that the quality of light produced by CFL light bulbs is exaggerated in claims by the manufacturers.
Because of these facts, my parents do not purchase CFL light bulbs for our home.
While I agree with them that they are not beneficial in price or quality, I would like to find a way to decrease my carbon emissions in the home category. I will do this by turning off lights in my home whenever they are not being used, but I know that using CFL light bulbs could make a much bigger difference in the carbon footprint of my home in addition to just decreasing light usage. What do you guys think? How can I reduce the carbon emission in my home without using CFL light bulbs? Or is the high price and low quality of CFL light bulbs something that I should look past due to their energy-saving qualities?
I was unable to attach more than one link to my post, so below are the links to articles on this topic in addition to the article already attached to my post. I used these articles in the statistics and information in my post, and they offer insight on CFL light bulbs and their disadvantages that goes even farther than what I have shared with you.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/6110547/Energy-saving-light-bulbs-offer-dim-future.html (This article is already linked to the post.)