In the age of renewable energy and green everything, there’s one concept that stands above the rest: saving money. Saving the planet is great, but for most consumers, what really matters is saving the green in their own pocket. One of the easiest ways to do this is through energy-efficient lighting. It’s the same amount of light for less money. You can’t beat that.
About 5% of your electric bill goes straight to the cost of lighting your home. Because of that, changing to energy-efficient lighting is the fastest and easiest way to save money on your bill. Replacing the bulbs you use the most will save you about $50 every year.
New lighting options include halogen incandescent, CLF and LED light bulbs. Make sure to choose bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR to make sure you get the best efficiency possible.
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The difference between the old and new technology is actually staggering. About 90% of the energy on your old incandescent bulbs was giving off heat, not producing light. That’s practically burning money! While these bulbs are still in many homes, they are no longer being manufactured. The new energy-saving light bulbs not only are vastly more efficient, but they also come in a wide variety of styles and colors to fit exactly the look you want.
The most common types of energy-efficient bulbs are halogen incandescents, CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps), and LEDs (light-emitting diodes). They can cost a little more than your traditional bulbs, but will save you money over their lifetime because they use less energy. Most home improvement stores carry a wide variety of styles, including options like timers and dimmers that can save you even more.
You can save even more with high-efficiency bulbs by using them outside. Lighting that’s left on constantly can save you a lot, if it’s more efficient. For exterior use, bare spiral CFLs can be enclosed to protect them from the weather. Floodlights can be found as CFLs or LEDs.
WORTH THE CALL
The Bosworth Company provides electrical contracting for the majority of electrical needs you may have. We can even offer more tips on becoming energy-efficient. To make an appointment, you can reach us at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. It’s Worth the Call. Always.