Using the right lights seems like such a trivial thing to do, but it can add up to big bucks saved over the long run. A U.S. Department of Energy study found that switching 15 of your existing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient replacements could reduce your utility bills by as much as $50 per year.
Thanks to recent regulations and advancing technology, using the right lights for energy savings is much easier than ever before. Check out how the following lighting technologies can help you cut back on your home’s energy consumption:
- Energy-saving halogen incandescent bulbs offer 25 percent greater efficiency than traditional incandescents while lasting three times longer than ordinary bulbs.
- Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent bulbs are 75 percent more efficient and last 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs under regular use. These bulbs also pay for themselves in less than nine months, giving you additional savings on your utility costs.
- LED lights offer superior energy efficiency and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescents. The initial cost of LED lighting continues to decline as the technology matures, making it a worthwhile purchase for those looking for long-term savings.
Energy-efficient lighting isn’t the only way to save big on utility costs. Switching current appliances for newer, more energy-efficient machines also offers tremendous savings. Likewise, considering an air conditioner with a high seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating also helps lower costs while boosting energy efficiency.
To see for yourself how using the right lights can help lower energy costs, contact the pros at Aqua Plumbing & Air. Since 1974, we’ve helped countless Sarasota and Bradenton residents with their heating and cooling needs.
Written by John Miller
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