Upgrade your Light Bulbs

To most homeowners, it’s all about finding the best and brightest light bulbs, but in reality there are many options out there, options that can save energy and even money!  Within the 2012 year, 100-watt bulbs are going to be taken out of stores and made unavailable for purchase.  These incandescent bulbs are being phased out because they waste too much energy.  For example, only 10% of the energy that these bulbs use produces light.  So where is the rest of it going? It is being completely wasted, so now’s your time to start saving this energy!

According to the Department of Energy, there are 4 billion light bulb sockets located in homes across America.  Of these 4 billion sockets, approximately 1 billion are using energy efficient light bulbs.  With that being said, there are still 3 billion sockets using standard light bulbs which are resulting in excessive amounts of wasted energy.

So get to the store today and buy new energy-saving light bulbs! Although they may have a higher up front cost, these bulbs use less energy, last longer, and save you money in the long run. Here are some tips to remember while making your purchases:

  • Use the labels to compare brightness, color, life, and energy use
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR logo on packages to determine the best bulbs (ENERGY STAR bulbs use 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and last at least 6 times longer.)
  • Look for lumens (100-watt should be replaced by 1600 lumens) – Replacing a 100-watt bulb can save approximately $100 over its lifetime

Sources: http://www.greenerchoices.org/products.cfm?product=0312lightbulbs

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=LB

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