I figured other blogs had a certain day of the week where they regularly posted on specific thing, so why not me? Am I not good enough? Indeed I think I am! So as I was lying (laying? I never get that right!) in bed this morning nursing my son I thought it would be nice to have a Green Tip Tuesday where I could post some simple thing that we can all do to save money and do something good for Mother Earth. And one day when my blog becomes incredibly famous that I have thousands of followers I will even post a Mr. Linky for others to participate :)
Switch to CFL bulbs. This tip is so insanely easy that I am surprised more people haven't done it. Heck, my electric co-op has even sent us two of these bulbs in the past year. It is true that Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs cost more upfront and on the surface it seems much cheaper to buy a 2-4 pack of regular light bulbs at the Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1 than to buy 1 for around $6 (though you can find them much cheaper and I will admit it has been almost three years since I have priced them). But regular light bulbs have to be replaced much, much more often. CFL bulbs use about 75% less energy, so in energy savings alone they pay for themselves in only a few months. Plus you don't have to worry about changing them all the time because they last about 10 times longer! That is the greatest saving to me. We replaced many of the bulbs in our house with CFLs when we moved in over three years ago and haven't had a problem with them since. The incandescent bulbs, on the other hand, all seem to go out at the most inconvenient times. So my goal is to replace all of those as soon as possible so I can go back to not worrying about my light bulbs.
Want to know how CFLs work? Check out ENERGY STAR.