Did you know that replacing a traditional incandescent bulb with energy-efficient light bulbs is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills? You better believe it. About 90 percent of the energy from incandescent bulbs is given off as heat, and that lost energy is money that is just being thrown away. Newer energy-efficient bulbs are much more efficient and save you some money.
The most popular types of energy-efficient light bulbs are halogens, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The upfront costs of these bulbs may be more than the traditional incandescent bulbs, but they use less energy in their lifetime which means more money is staying in your pocket in the long run. Each of the energy-efficient light bulbs offers their advantages, but they all get the job done and efficiently save more energy.
Inside these bulbs are capsules that hold gas around a filament that increases the bulb’s efficiency. The gas in these bulbs is not a hazardous waste. Halogen bulbs are similar to the classic incandescents bulbs and are considered to be a good compromise for some who is looking to replace their incandescent bulbs.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
Compact fluorescent lamps use less electricity than typical incandescents and pay for themselves is less than nine months, saving you more money each month. CFL bulbs are available in a range of light colors that have not always been available. Theses bulbs are best for lighting that you plan on keeping on for longer periods of time, and they are not intended for outdoor use.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
As one of the today’s most energy-efficient piece of technology, LEDs are semiconductors that convert electricity to light and last eight to 25 times longer than halogen bulbs. LED bulbs work well in indoors and outdoors because of their durability and ability to perform in cold weather. LEDs are sure to last longer and use much less energy than other light bulbs.
For the best money-saving light bulb options, look for products that have earned the ENERGY STAR, and you will experience the greatest energy savings. Feel free to give the Breedlove Dobbs team a call to find out more about our custom home energy inspection and continue to come back and check out future blogs with more energy saving tips!