Easy-Baking and Sock-Darning: What to Do with Incandescent Bulbs (Hint: Anything but Lighting)

, Senior energy analyst

Incandescent bulbs have their places. Light sockets shouldn’t be among them.

The owner of a B&B my wife and I stayed in recently mentioned her reluctance to swap out her existing fleet of incandescent bulbs to put in high-efficiency compact fluorescents (CFLs) or the newer LED ones. She couldn’t bear to take out “perfectly good light bulbs”—ones that hadn’t yet burned out.

My take? If something is costing you four times as much as you could be paying, it’s far from “perfectly good.” Perfectly good riddance is more like it. Read more >

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