How to Use Energy-Efficient Lighting to Reduce Home Utility Bills
Lighting your home makes up about 10 percent of your general energy consumption. That may not seem like much, but if you’re looking to lower energy bills, it can be a good place to start. Traditional incandescent bulbs are incredibly inefficient. Around 90 percent of the energy they use is given off as heat rather than light. Fortunately, there are several much more energy-efficient home lighting options available. Replacing some or all of your existing bulbs with more efficient ones can lower energy bills significantly.
Here are some of the more energy-efficient home lighting options you can choose:
- Halogen incandescent bulbs – Halogen incandescent bulbs are a step up from regular incandescent bulbs, providing the same level of light for about 25 percent less energy. It’s a good start toward saving power, but there are other options that can operate even more efficiently.
- Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) – CFLs are most easily recognized as the bulbs with a thin, curling tube rather than a dome shape. They’re more expensive than incandescent lights, but they generally pay for themselves in under a year, using a quarter of the energy and lasting up to 10 times longer. Unlike traditional incandescent bulbs, CFLs wear out from being turned on and off rather than the amount of time they stay lit. Therefore, for maximum cost-effectiveness, leave them on if you plan on coming back into the room within 15 minutes or so.
- Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) – LEDs are by far the longest lasting bulbs on the market and often the most efficient, depending on how and where they’re used. They can use as little as 20 percent of the energy used by incandescent bulbs, and they last up to 25 times longer. The drawback: they tend to be more expensive, but prices are expected to drop with time. In the meantime, their long life span and energy efficiency does allow them to pay for themselves in the long run.
For more help finding energy-efficient home lighting options, contact our experts at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
Image via Shutterstock.com
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.