Friday, November 6, 2009

Save $ with CFL's

-- Quote of the Day --

"I love stuff as much as the next guy, but I’ve come to understand that, regardless of the cost of acquiring it, the price of having it is freedom."

~ Colleen Wainwright

-- Recent Media Appearances --

CHEAP CHEETAH radio interviews Lillian Brummet re: looking at “trash” as a resource @

Part 2 of a writers-advice interview with Lillian Brummet on the Conversations With Authors Blog @

Lillian Brummet joins in the latter-half of the Jeff Bushman Show @

-- Authors Read Radio --

Today's featured guest had some unexpected life issues that prevented her from being able to attend the Authors Read Radio broadcast this morning. However I decided to continue today's theme, which was poetry, by sharing excerpts from my popular poetry book: Towards Understanding. Currently available in paperback & in limited edition of hardcover formats, as well as a recently released revised edition in e-book format. Find out more at:

To access today's archived episode, simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right to find links to recently aired
Authors Read Radio episodes.

-- Prize Draw Contest Reminder --

Only one entry so far for some great prizes in this week's draw - which means you have a very good chance of winning something if you enter this draw soon! This week's prizes include:

Mary Muhammad's book: Love Laws (, CL Talmadge's Green Stone of Healing series of 4 e-books ( & a copy of Lillian's revised poetry book in e-book format: Towards Understanding (

To Enter:
Email me at: ldbrummet @ yahoo . com (*remove spaces before sending*) with the word "prize" in the subject line. Deadline is Nov 8 @ noon (pacific).

-- Lighting Facts --

CFL's (Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs) use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and this means that you save $35 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb (5-10 years). Because they have such a long life you will have fewer shopping trips and produce less packaging waste over the lifetime - and less labor in changing the bulbs - for the life of each CFL you purchase. *
Please remember that they can (and should) be safely recycled along with other flourescent lighting. Simply keep the old and burned out CFL's in a box with other flourescent tube lighting and when you have filled that box, simply take it down to your closest recycling center or retailer in your area.

Inititially when CFL's were first released they were quite expensive, large and limited in variety.
Today CFL's are quite economical, can often be found on sale and rebates from power companies and government greening programs are also available to help offset the initial investment.

The bulbs themselves are available in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes to suit most home and office lighting needs. In the last few years we have seen new designs come out for dimmers, three-way and chandelier variations.

Specially designed outdoor CFL's endure the extremes of winter and summer. Decorative colors are useful for outdoor and mood lighting, however becuase the yellow color is less likely to attract insects, yellow CFL's are particularly useful for shed, work bench, entrance, entertaining and barn areas.

Some CFL's are coiled while others are sheathed in a cover - the sheathed variety is useful for sockets with no covers, where cleaning the bulbs would be more of an issue. I was checking out a display at a big box retailer's lighting section and saw that there are several different types of lighting now available for homes from those that produce a warm yellow glow to those that produce a bright white light. We have decided to use the bright white ones for our office, kitchen and reading lamp areas. For all our other rooms, we have chosen to use the warm yellow variety for the calming, relaxing ambiance it produces.

LED bulb's (Light Emitting Diodes) are the latest, green technology and may be an option for you to consider. Because it is a new technology, however, the initial cost of investing in LED lighting is fairly high and may be hard to justify for your family or office budget. I am certain, however, that as time goes on the price of LED technology will come down. Take for example the Xmas light strings with LED technology for both indoor and outdoor use - these are a great investment and will save you more than 80% of the energy costs during the holiday season.

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