Save Money with a Light Bulb Makeover in Your Home for the New Year #GELighting

By Shannon Gosney
In Product Review
January 9, 2013

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2013 is here, which means it’s a new year with new goals!  One of those goals is to build our savings.  I don’t know about you, but utility bills can be a piece of mail I dread opening, especially around the holidays.  With a big family, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone from room to room turning off lights.  While I can’t guarantee that the lights are always turned off when not being used, I can choose a light bulb that I know will save me money.  This is where GE energy-efficient light bulbs come into play!

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This month, new legislative changes will change what light bulbs can be manufactured and sold.  GE energy-efficient soft white light bulbs will be the closest available alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs.  In our home, we chose the GE CFL spiral bulbs.  We replaced them throughout our home.  I paid especially close attention to the wattage, as that determined the brightness of the light that would be emitted.  We changed the bulbs in our family room, the kitchen, and the bedrooms – replacing the traditional incandescent bulbs with Energy Smart Spiral C.  In the bedrooms, we replaced the light bulbs with the Energy Smart Dimmable CFL Spiral Bulb.

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The GE CFL Spiral Bulbs save us both money and energy.  They last 10 times longer and use 75% less energy than 75w standard incandescent helping us to save $60 on energy over the life of the bulb.  The light that was emitted from the spiral bulb was both brighter and saving us money.  I really like that!!  That is a sure way to help us achieve our goal of building our savings this year!

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When you go to purchase your Energy Smart Light Bulbs, you’ll notice there are both Soft White bulbs or Daylight bulbs to choose from.  You’ll want the Soft White bulbs for a warm soft look and the Daylight bulbs for a cooler, more natural color.  If I am studying or focusing, I prefer the Daylight bulbs, whereas if it is an area in my home that I would like to relax, I choose the Soft White bulbs. If you need help repairing or installing your lighting system, you may hire professional electrical contractors.

Are you ready to give your home a light bulb makeover?  Do you want to know how much you would save by switching to the energy efficient light bulbs? It wouldn’t hurt to hire an electrical contractor to inspect your home as well, specially if you feel you’re being charged for more power than you seem to be using. You may have some wiring issues that only a professional would be able to identify and then fix.

Be sure to check out the Energy Saving Calculator.  Be sure to follow GE on Twitter and Facebook.

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and GE Lighting #CBias #SocialFabric  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

14 Responses to “Save Money with a Light Bulb Makeover in Your Home for the New Year #GELighting”

  1. Melanie S says:

    We’ve replaced a lot of ours already, but I didn’t even realize they made dimmable bulbs. Looks like we have a few more to replace!

  2. Leila says:

    I cannot believe (a) how bright they are and (b) we replaced a few bulbs a few years ago and they’re still going strong! Love it!

  3. My husband just refinshed the ceiling in our basement and we used this lights–they are great–nice and bright!

  4. Amy says:

    Ahhh….you found the dimmable bulbs I’ve been hunting high and low for! I can’t find them anywhere!

  5. Shannon says:

    I love the dimmable bulbs! I didn’t even know they made them with the energy smart but they do!!!

  6. Michelle says:

    Great post! I love CFL bulbs and can honestly say I’ve seen a difference in my utility bill since switching in my home.

  7. Rich Hicks says:

    We have replaced most of our incandescents with CFL. They are just as bright, last a long long time and use much less power

  8. Tim says:

    I received a mailer from my electric company offering to replace “up to 50” of my old bulbs with CFLs “free of charge”. I am sure there is some catch to it, but I am going to look into it.

  9. David says:

    The hardest thing to get used to with CFLs is the whiter light they put off as opposed to the old style bulbs. But I am glad the price has come down so much since they were first introduced.

  10. Sarah L says:

    I’ve already changed all but 2 in my house.

  11. Andrew L. says:

    We use and love these, they do save money on your electric bill each month and last forever!

  12. Yona says:

    Id love to use these bulbs but in some cases, they don’t always fit.

  13. Cat Davis says:

    It took us awhile but we finally got ever bulb in the house switched over to CFL.

  14. Austin Baroudi says:

    I’m going to sugest this to my mom. Her light bill was crazy last month so this would be really useful for her. Thanks for the post.

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