Alaska and California Highest In CFL Usage
Alaska is one of the two states in the US with the highest percentage of households utilizing Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL). According to an E Source analysis, the market penetration of CFLs in Alaska and California has resulted to over 87% of households using these lightbulbs with nearly 50% of the total number having 6 or more.
The recent analysis conducted by E Source led to different trends in CFL usage in America. The report says that homeowners are most likely to possess at least one CFL compared to renters. The statistics showed 85% of American homeowners use CFL while only 74% renters do. The result is somehow strange considering that using CFLs is one of the few efficiency measures renters can easily invest in without landlord involvement.
Between ages, older people are also more likely to use CFL (highest use among the 65+ age group) at 85 percent market penetration than the younger ones (18-35) at 79 percent market penetration.
Surprisingly, only 74 percent of those making less than $25,000 per year are using CFLs while higher income groups making over $75,000 per year are more likely to use CFLs at 87 percent.
“Lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the nation’s electricity use, and the potential for savings is immense,” says Shepard. “We have seen lighting companies develop vastly improved lamps and fixtures over the past decade due to consumer demand and utility programs. And further innovation by lighting manufacturers has already been spurred by efficiency standards.”
Energy State reports that about 10 years ago, CFL sales were only at 1-2% of residential lighting sales but today, it account to over 28% of residential sales. Also, an average price of $2 to $3 per CFL has a typical payback of about 7 months.
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