Home Depot To Save $16 M/YR By Switching to CFLs


You may have noticed recent news that Home Depot will be providing free, in-store recycling of CFLs at all of its U.S. stores.  But buried in that story is another interesting factoid — a tidbit of information in the likes of plucking the low hanging fruit.  Home Depot announced that they will be switching to CFLs at all U.S. Light Fixture Showrooms and expect to save roughly $16 million in annual energy costs.

This news isn’t all that sexy, but it’s important.  Make the switch, if you haven’t already and stop throwing money out the window.  With the low hanging fruit, it’s true: money grows on trees!

[+] HD says it will save $16 million by switching to CFLs

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  • http://www.onnotextiles.com dagny

    Going green doesn’t always cost more. This is a great example of how making the right choice benefits businesses and individuals.

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  • Mike M

    And how much money are they going to spend on the new bulbs? I wonder how long it will take for the bulbs to pay for themselves. I also wonder, are the current bulbs that aren’t burnt out going in the trash? Isn’t that a really bad idea?

    I’m all for making the switch, but I am a firm believer that bulbs should be replaced upon their failure, not wasting something that actually functions before the end of it’s lifecycle.

    What happens if in three years we find that LED lighting is better, are all of these Compact fluorescent bulbs going to be recycled before their life cycle is over?

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      You ask a couple hard questions. Here’s one of the ways I see it: No matter whether you wait until the older light bulb dies or not, you’re still going to have to recycle it. So what to you lose? The remainder of the light bulb’s useful life. The older bulb is already a sunk cost, so you look at the incremental benefits of the two options: going with the new bulb now versus when the old bulb dies.

      In the time that you’re waiting for the older, inefficient light bulb to die, you’re using more electricity, which currently, is generated from coal and other fossil fuels. By making the switch now, you use less energy, save more money (enough to offset the cost of buying the new bulbs), and emit less carbon.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how the wasted embodied energy compares with the energy savings? Is filling a landfill with millions of old bulbs better than creating carbon by burning a bit more energy?

    These are hard questions, but I don’t know if there are good answers. Too often I don’t see the waste discussed in green upgrades, and I really feel that it should be part of the process.

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