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choice of lightingAre you heading off to the store to buy light bulbs for your home? If so, now would be the perfect time for you to take a moment to learn about the different types of bulbs and just how much your choice of lighting affects energy costs in your home. Most people have continually bought the same type of bulb for years and they see no reason to buy anything other than what they’ve always used. However, that box of bulbs that you always grab could be costing you a lot more money in the long run.

In order to make the best decisions, you must understand the three basic styles of light bulbs and what they mean for your home’s energy efficiency.

Incandescent Light Bulbs

These bulbs are the oldest energy saving bulbs on the market. They look much like traditional bulbs, the only difference is that they do have a capsule inside to hold gas in, which prevents more electricity from being used. The average bulb burns 25 percent less energy than traditional styles and is relatively inexpensive.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

This type of bulb is designed just the same as those long fluorescent bulbs that most are familiar with, except in a compact vessel. These bulbs last much longer than energy saving incandescents and will pay for themselves in the long run with as much as 75 percent more energy efficiency than basic bulbs.

LED Light Bulbs

Of all of the bulbs to choose from, LEDs will save the most energy with as much as 80 percent more in energy savings. These bulbs are the most expensive but well worth the cost because they will outlast almost every other style. If you truly believe that your choice of lighting affects energy costs, this is the bulb you will choose.

Now that you’re fully aware of the fact that your choice of lighting affects energy costs, you’ll be well equipped to make the best decisions. For more information about lighting in the Sarasota and Bradenton area, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air.

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