According to the U.S. Department of Energy, approximately five percent of the typical household’s energy bill is allocated to lighting. Choosing energy efficient light bulbs, especially those that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating, can help you save up $75 a year.
Save Money with CFL and LED Lighting
A CFL or compact fluorescent light bulb uses 25% less energy than incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 10 times longer. CFLs can usually pay for themselves in less than nine months, and provide the most benefit when placed in high usage fixtures. It is best to use CFLs indoors, in open fixtures, and in hard to reach places.
A LED or light-emitting diode bulb uses 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 25 times longer. LEDs emit light directionally; therefore, they produce less heat when used. These features make LED lights safer and more efficient to use in industrial settings, recessed fixtures, and during the holidays.
More ways to Save on Lighting
Here are some more ways you can reduce the energy you use on lighting:
1. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
2. Use lighting controls such as occupancy and vacancy sensors
3. Keep all lamps and fixtures clean.
4. Use task lighting (light for the specific task being done) instead of lighting the entire room
5. Choose light colors for walls and ceilings. Light colors reflect light and reduce the need for artificial lighting.
6. Use floor lamps and hanging lamps near corners. The walls will reflect the light.
7. Let the sunshine in! Open drapes and blinds on sunny, cool days. This reduces the need for extra lighting and warms the room in the winter.
8. Use one bulb to replace several. A 100W bulb is more efficient than two 50W bulbs. Plus you save on the cost of replacement bulbs.
9. Try 50W reflector bulbs in directional lamps (pole or spot lamps). These provide the same amount of light as a standard 100W bulb.