Although many have already begun adopting frugal lifestyles, most consumers are still unaware of just how much lighting impacts your energy costs. So that’s what we’ll be covering in today’s post.
Energy Efficient Bulbs as an Investment
Of course, it’s no secret that energy-efficient light bulbs can be expensive. In fact, they are often ignored in favor of cheap incandescent bulbs. However, these compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) should be seen as a long-term investment that will produce deeper savings – in the future.If you’re still cautious about the cost of switching over, consider these facts about compact fluorescent light bulbs.
By the Numbers
Although this method of energy-efficient lighting may cost you anywhere between $4 to $15 dollars apiece at the register, consumers save, on average, $150 a year or more in lighting bills.
These light bulbs use 75% less energy and heat than a standard bulb. This is why, if you’re a cost conscious shopper, it’s a good idea to buy bulbs with an energy star rating. Just to put the energy savings into perspective, if every person in the United States replaced just one incandescent bulb with a bulb that has an energy star rating, overall, we’d save enough to put light into 3 million homes.
The Benefits Continue
But that’s not all because as well as lighting 3 million homes, if we all replaced just one regular light bulb with an energy-efficient bulb this would lead to the prevention of 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gasses emitted annually. That amount equals roughly 800,000 cars.
As you can see, if you’re looking for Earth friendly ways to save money, changing out your bulbs just makes sense. To begin reaping the savings, all you’d need to do is pick out the three or four most used lights in your home and replace them with energy-efficient bulbs.
And one more thing to remember is that you can aid in the longevity of your bulbs, as well as keep money in your pocket, by using a dimmer switch for your lights. Likewise, you can do the same by going green and taking advantage of sunlight during the day to brighten your rooms.