In light of the upcoming ban on incandescent light bulbs
, many consumers are starting to consider how they can replace their home lighting without going broke. It's true that the upfront costs of a number of energy-saving light bulbs
run a little higher than a traditional bulb, but green bulbs are the most cost-effective overall.
Just ask Kara Severson. Severson is an out-of-work writer who you might call an environmentalist by necessity - she told MarketPlace.com cutting energy consumption is an essential way for her to save cash. Thus, green light bulbs are a worthwhile investment.
Handyman Tom Diex says the same thing. He paid $70 for LED
flood lights for his sister's house but feels the long-lasting, low-consumption bulbs make his life "cheaper and easier." He told MarketPlace.com investing in more expensive lighting "makes sense if a light fixture claims that it's going to save you a lot of money."
These consumers show you don't have to be rich to go green
. Plus, energy-efficient lighting solutions might help make you a little richer in the long run.
It may be good news to consumers that buying green light bulbs will not break your budget. CFLs sell for as little as $2, and industry leaders - including Philips
and Osram Sylvania
- have pledged to lower the cost of LEDs by 2012.