Here’s a bright idea for your holiday stockings: Stuff them with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs). LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lightbulbs and can last 10 years or longer. CFLs use two-thirds less energy than traditional bulbs and can last 10 times longer.
Both kinds of energy-efficient lightbulbs use a lower wattage to produce the same amount of light.
Most incandescent bulbs are banned from stores by now. But if you still have some burning in lamps or overhead light fixtures, now is a good time to change them.
Using less energy for lighting means a lower energy bill for you — and more money to spend on stocking-stuffers!
It’s unlikely that your little ones have asked Santa for a gift of energy savings. Offer it as a gag gift, and take the opportunity to teach your children about how the new lightbulbs can reduce energy use — and make the kiddos proud to be doing their part to help the environment.
Surprise them, too, with a fun, new bedroom lamp that burns the funny-looking, twisted lightbulbs — or an LED light that is built right into the fixture and never needs changing.