|incandescent bulb CFL bulb|
Lets dig a little deeper...The cost of energy ($.107/kilowatt-hour ~ about 11 cents) over the CFL bulb lifetime (8000 hours) for the incandescent light bulbs (old-fashioned kind) is about $51. For the CFL bulbs, it is $12. So adding the cost to energize to the cost of the bulb, the final tally is: For the CFL (newly required to purchase Florescent bulb) is $17 for the total usage and for the same usage of the four incandescent bulbs is $53.
So the savings is in the time which we can't always remember or see immediately. Common sense says CFLs cost less money and energy than regular light bulbs. The problem we have is that people ignore the obvious cost and energy savings CFLs provide, for what appears to be no more than the "Fear BIG government" political propaganda. This sounds like the same argument that was used for putting seat belts and air bags in cars, or requiring helmets for motorcycle riders.
Sometimes change is only made through requirements, legal and binding...otherwise we choose do it the old way because "we've been doing it this way for years" even though we are spending more money...we have chosen to be kept in the dark, literally