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Save Money by Replacing Standard Bulbs

Saving money seems to be important to just about everyone in the US these days. And, just by making simple changes and upgrade in some of the things we use every day, such as lightbulbs, you can do just that. By upgrading 15 of the standard, very inefficient lightbulbs your home, you could save at least $50 per year on lighting.

The U.S. Department of Energy enacted new lighting standards in 2012. These standards don’t outright ban any particular lightbulb type. This includes traditional incandescents. Instead, the standards require that bulbs being manufactured today use at least 25% less electricity than incandescents. Some very efficient modern choices, money-saving choices include CFL, halogen incandescent and LED lightbulbs. And, by making sure your bulbs are ENERGY STAR-qualified, you stand to save even more.

Why Upgrade? What’s the Difference?

There are some disadvantages to using traditional incandescents, which aren’t be manufactured anymore, to light your home. Here are some of those cons:

  • An higher amount of electricity is used for producing light
  • 90% of the electricity they use is given off as heat
  • This, in turn, makes you’re a/c work harder to keep your home cool

When it comes down to it, this all calculates to money in the trash for something you must do… light your home. On the other hand, ENERGY STAR-qualified bulbs save you money. And, nowadays, they come with a great selection of light level and color choices.

What Choices Do I Have for Energy Saving Bulbs?

The three most common choices for ENERGY STAR-qualified lightbulbs are:

  1. CFLs – Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are energy efficient alternatives to those fluorescent bulbs in the long-tube style. The ENERGY STAR-qualified ones last around 10 times longer and use like one-fourth the electricity used by traditional incandescents. These curly-shaped bulbs use about one-third the electricity used by halogen incandescents.
  2. Halogen Incandescents – These bulbs are manufactured with a capsule inside them. Inside that is a filament with gas surrounding it. This helps to increase their efficiency, so they actually meet the federal government’s minimum standards.
  3. LEDs – Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs are semiconductors. They tend to last around 25 times longer, using only 20% to 25% of the energy traditional incandescents use in the process. And, when you compare them to halogen incandescents, LEDs last 8-25 times longer, while using a whopping 25% to 30% less energy.

Resource: http://www.lights4learning.org/students/energy-saving-tips

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