November 21, 2016

How Much Energy Does Your Light Bulb Use?

Quick Fact: Did you know that lighting comprises about 25% of the average family’s electric bill?  So, an easy way to reduce your energy costs without a big outlay of cash is to swap out those incandescent light bulbs for CFLs or LEDs. Don’t worry about doing them all at once.  Just replace one or two at a time, as they get burned out. That way, the upgrade will fit into your regular routine, and it won’t take too much time or effort.  Overall, this practice can eventually save you up to 80% in lighting costs!  

CFLs or LEDs?

Consider using CFL’s if you want light bulbs that will work with a dimmer.  If that isn’t a concern, then you might consider LED’s, which are your best bet for the lowest possible energy consumption, and they last the longest. CFL bulbs last as long as 10 incandescent bulbs. For LED bulbs, it’s closer to 25 times longer-lasting.

In any case, regardless of which type you choose, you won’t need to change either bulb again anytime soon. Pick up a few LED or CFL light bulbs the next time you’re at your local home improvement store, and start saving right away!

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