Energy Tip: Lighting Matters

The truth is, lighting matters. If you have not changed out your old incandescent light bulbs for efficient bulbs, today is the day.

By replacing 10 60-watt bulbs with 10 14-watt LED (light emitting diode) bulbs that burn 4 hours per day, you can save $88 a year. With bulbs that last over 30 years, that is a lifetime savings of $2,700. Compared to the $250 initial cost, this is a very good return on investment.

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“If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.” – ENERGY STAR.gov

 Things to keep in mind:

  • Smaller wattage means less energy used. Lumens measure brightness while CCT (correlated color temperature) measures quality in terms of whiteness (or warmth). You want fewer watts, equal lumens, and the same quality of CCT.
  • It is possible to save money and maintain the quality of light you prefer in your home. Besides matching CCT, shape also matters when it comes to the effect of the light bulb. Make sure you choose a bulb shape that will distribute light appropriately from your fixture. Not all efficient bulbs are dimmable, but dimmable and three-way efficient bulbs are available.
  • For the best guarantee of savings and quality, purchase ENERGY STAR rated bulbs. If you want some technological advice in selecting and purchasing your new efficient light bulbs, check out the light bulb finder app by Eco Hatchery.

 

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