SOS Mom Saver: CFLs

In just a few short months, you will only be legally allowed to purchase CFL or LED bulbs.  Most of us cannot afford the $7/bulb that LED bulbs cost.  As a result, we have to either massively stockpile incandescent bulbs or learn how to properly handle CFLs.  (I have chosen a mixture of both.)

Most of us have heard of the danger of CFL's because of the mercury they contain, but many have no idea how to properly dispose of them.  Most people don't know that you're not even legally allowed to throw the bulbs away in many states.  Even less know the proper clean-up procedures should you happen to break a bulb in your home.  Yes, there's an actual procedure.  You cannot just sweep up the glass and call it a done deal.  If a CFL has broken, you have just released mercury into your home.

Cynthia Perkins at Holistic Help has given step-by-step instructions for disposal of CFL bulbs

Our short-term solution to this new law has been to stockpile the incandescent bulbs and use those exclusively in areas like bedside, desk, and end table lamps that are more likely to be knocked down by a child or lab tail.  We are using CFLs in bathroom fixtures and other higher lights that are less likely to be broken.

Our long-term solution is to buy one LED bulb a month until all of our homes are eventually run on LED bulbs only.  This past summer, Costco had a decent deal on the LED bulbs where we could get 4 of them for $15.  We got all 4 because you just cannot beat that deal.  The bulbs are regularly priced at $7/bulb so most months, we just get one.

Do you plan to continue using CFLs?  Will you make the change (as we are) slowly to LEDs?  Or do you have a 10 year stockpile of incandescent bulbs?  Ahem.  Like someone I know.  Just kidding.  We don't have a full 10 years worth. 

1 comment:

Phyllis said...

what kind of bulb is a CFL? Where do you suggest buying to stock pile a regular bulb? Phyllis