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I don’t know about you, but I was so excited when I discovered the new energy saving bulbs. At first, I didn’t understand the hype or the importance surrounding The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), which was signed into law in December 2007 and didn’t actually translate this efficiency into real dollars.
The traditional incandescent bulbs (40, 60, 75, 100 watts), which are currently being phased out in the stores, are less efficient. A good analogy which I recently heard compares watts and lumens – a new way to shop for light. Food such as fruit is purchased by the pound and beverages such as milk and juice are sold by the gallon. Essentially in these examples, you are paying for the quantity received. [pullquote-right] The traditional incandescent bulbs do not generate light this way; we have been buying light by the amount of energy consumed, not the amount of light we are getting.[/pullquote-right] The energy standards have changed this. Now we have options to pay for what we are getting. A no-brainer, right?
Upgrading as little as 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home could save your about $50 per year. This is incredible. Because I live in an older home and all renovations cost big dollars, small changes like this, I jumped at.
Light bulbs using lumens as opposed to watts will initially cost more than the traditional bulbs. Don’t let this discourage you. Take into consideration the following:
- Energy saving incandescent bulbs called Halogens use about 25% less energy; Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) typically use 75-80% less energy than traditional varieties.
- Some brands of Halogen bulbs can last 3 times longer.
- CFL and LED have a life span of 7 to 9 years.
- CFL and LED are cooler to the touch as opposed to traditional bulbs.
Therefore, the new energy saving light bulbs save money over the long term because of their long life span and low cost to operate. The good news is that the longer CFL and LED light bulbs are on the market, more users will utilize this product thus the overall cost will decrease.
This time of year also provides a great opportunity to take another look at our lighting and to switch to some of the new and improved light bulbs that have recently entered the market. With more than 4 billion screw-based light bulb sockets in the United States, getting an efficient bulb into each one of them is really important because the potential energy savings are massive. How much money could you truly save in your house?
As always, comments are welcomed and encouraged…Cheers!