Lighting Choices to Save You Money
Light your home having the same amount of light, using less energy. Upgrading just 15 inefficient incandescent type light bulbs in your home could save you on average $50 per year. New lighting standards took effect in 2012 and money-saving options such as energy-saving incandescent Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs are available today. For high-quality products with the greatest energy savings, choose bulbs which have earned the ENERGY STAR label.
New Light Bulbs: What's the Difference?
Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light.
- 90% of the energy is given off as heat
- That lost energy is money thrown away
Newer energy-saving light bulbs provide the choices in colors and light levels you've come to expect. These new lights are also much more efficient — so they save you money.
What Are My Lighting Choices?
Three of the most common energy-efficient lighting types include energy-saving incandescent CFL and LED. You can find these in most hardware and home improvement stores, and they are all more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent lamps/ bulbs.
Energy Saving Incandescents — about 25% energy savings
Energy-saving or halogen, incandescents have a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. This type of incandescent bulb is about 25% more efficient and can last up to three times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and can be used with dimmers.
Compact Florescent Lamps (CFL) — about 75% energy savings
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already have in a kitchen or garage. Because they use less electricity than traditional incandescents, typical Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) can pay for themselves in less than nine months and then start saving you money each month. An ENERGY STAR-qualified Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) uses about one-fourth the energy and lasts ten times longer than a comparable incandescent bulb which puts out the same amount of light.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) bulbs are available in a range of light colors, including warm (white to yellow) tones that were not as available when first introduced. Some are encased in a cover to further diffuse the light and provide a similar shape to the lamps or bulbs you are replacing. If you are looking for a dimmable bulb, check with your serviceman to make sure your purchase has Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) feature.
Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and they should always be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Many retailers recycle Compact fluorescent lamps CFLs. See www.epa.gov/cfl for more information.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) — about 75% – 80% energy savings
The Light Emitting Diode (LED) uses the same technology as the little indicator light on your cell phone, but designed to light your home. It is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly developing technologies. ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20% – 25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs they replace.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are currently available in many products such as replacements for 40W, 60W, and 75W traditional incandescents, reflector bulbs often used in recessed fixtures, and small track lights. While Light Emitting Diode (LED) are more expensive at this early stage, they still save money because they last a long time and have very low energy use. As with other electronics, prices are expected to come down as more products enter the market.
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