Battle of the Bulbs!

Incandescent, fluorescent, lumens, halogens, CFL’s, LED’s, BRB, LOL. It’s easy to get confused with all of this “light-bulb speak.” You’re more than likely just trying to find ways to save money on your energy bill, but in the age of Google there is an influx of information that can make it dizzying to make decisions. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

Incandescent vs. LED

Look at the table below from Energy.Gov comparing the energy savings across different lightbulbs. Can you see why LED lightbulbs are the industry leader? You would be saving an average of $3.80 for every incandescent bulb that is switched out for an LED one! Estimate how many lightbulbs are in your household and multiply that by $3.80 to get an idea of what your potential annual savings could be. 

Need We Say More?

Oh, but we will. LED bulbs also stay cool to the touch and therefore do not emit extra heat in your home. Which means your air conditioning unit won’t be working as hard to cool the home. They are the bulbs that keep giving you energy savings and who doesn’t want to find extra ways to save money?

Keep in Mind….

LED bulbs are generally a little more money to spend upfront than incandescent ones (a quick Google search shows a difference of $0.50– $3.00+ per bulb). HOWEVER, the energy industry is more competitive than ever, which means an increase in the amount of savings that are passed on to you!

Start Small

Going out and buying your household’s worth of LED lightbulbs may not necessarily be feasible for the majority of people, and that’s okay. Start small and buy a few LED lightbulbs each month and change them out in the areas that you generally need more light (think areas of the home where your family spends the most time: Kitchen, Living Room, Bathrooms).

 

 

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