Lighting is responsible for approximately 5 percent of a typical household’s electricity bill. According to
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs.
You can effectively save $75 each year by changing the type of bulbs you use to light your home and making efficient use of them. The most popular energy efficient light bulbs in the United States are:
- Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
- Halogen incandescents.
LED Light Bulbs
LEDs are one of today’s most energy-efficient and long-lasting light bulbs. They are environmentally friendly as they contain no mercury or other hazardous substances. They cost less than $2 to run per year and use almost 90% less energy than traditional bulbs. They also use 25% to 35% of the energy and last 8 to 25 times longer than halogen incandescents.
CFL Light Bulbs
CFL light bulbs typically use 60-80% less electricity than an incandescent
Halogen incandescents come in a wide variety of colors and
How to Save on Lighting
Here are 6 tips to help you save energy on lighting your home.
1. Install dimmer switches.
Dimmer switches reduc the amount of energy that the light bulbs use. This helps to save energy by allowing lights to operate with lower power outputs. They can help to bring you significant savings on your power bill. When you buy bulbs, check that they will work with a dimmer.
2. Turn off the lights.
Turning the lights off when you’re not using them is one of the simplest ways to save energy around your home. You can reduce electricity use, extend the life of your light bulbs and save money on your utility bills.
3. The lower the wattage, the better.
When selecting the right light bulb for a particular room, check the lumens. Using the wrong bulb can make a room unnecessarily bright and waste a lot of energy. Save energy by using the bulb with the highest lumens you for the room it is going to be used for, and then choose one with the lowest wattage. The lower the wattage, the higher the savings.
4. Invest in motion sensors.
Motion sensors can help to save electricity by switching off the lights in rooms where they’re left on accidentally.
5. Use timers to switch off your lights.
Timers can be configured to switch on and switch off lights and other electrical appliances such as exhaust fans in bathrooms. This helps to ensure that the lights are not left on when they are not being used.
6. Place light switches near entry and exit points
Locate switches next to
7. Replace incandescent outdoor lights with high-pressure sodium lights.
Low and high pressure sodium lights are the only light whose source efficiency compares to LEDs. Use low-voltage lighting kits to light your patios and walkways. They are highly energy-efficient and last 50 times longer than incandescent and halogen bulbs.