{and then there was light…}

Did you know that one of the #1 ways to make your home more energy efficient is one of the most simple? It's true!  In a workshop given by The Home Depot I had at the Celebration of Service, we learned a lot about energy efficiency, and I'm excited to pass along to you!

There are many small things you can do to become more energy efficient, and save yourself a lot of money each year. Today I'm focusing on one of the easiest, but one that comes with a big impact...changing your light bulbs!

Let's take a look...

{Incandescent Bulbs}

This is your regular, standard light bulb.  Do you know why they are so inefficient? They convert less than 5% of their energy into  visible light, with the remaining energy being converted into heat. That's A LOT of wasted energy!

{CFL Bulbs}

A 60 watt compact fluorescent bulb emits the light equivalent to a 60 watt a standard light bulb, using only 14 watts of power!  Just changing one standard bulb to a CFL bulb will save you up to $220 over the life of the bulb...and that's only ONE!  Imagine what will happen when you switch all of them! Talk about savings! They will also last 9.1 years with normal use, which is 10x longer than a standard bulb.  CFL bulbs  come in different wattages, for indoor and outdoor, and different light options--including natural, daylight, and more.  The Home Depot has a display set up where you can see all the different types of light, and decide which one you like the best.

How much will it cost?  A 4-pack 6o watt equivalent CFL bulbs is $5.85 at The Home Depot, but you can find them anywhere.  For a fairly minimum cost, you can make a huge difference in your energy efficiency, and potential savings.  Plus, changing a light bulb is so fast and easy!

{LED Bulbs}

LED stands for light-emitting diode. A diode is a semi-conductor that permits current flow in only one direction.  LEDs produce very little heat, and are extremely efficient.  A 12.5 watt LED bulb is equivalent to a 60 watt standard bulb in light, but uses only 12.5 watts of power.  It lasts 22.8 years with normal use!!!  They also come in different wattages, available for indoor and outdoor use, and other options as well.  They are a lot more expensive--from $25 and up--so using them in targeted spots, like outdoor lights might be a good idea.

W'eve already switched out all of the light bulbs in our house to CFL bulbs, and thanks to The Home Depot, who sent me a couple of LED lights to try, we now have two of those as well! I didn't know a lot about light bulbs and their efficiency--just the bare facts--but armed with this information, I can't believe how much more energy efficient we already are.

Next up...winterization tips!  Preparing for the winter, saving energy and money will be on the list!

Disclosure:  This is my opinion!  Please be careful when handling any light bulbs, and do your own research before making any changes and decisions. For more information about CFL bulbs from Energy Star, a US Environmental Agency and US Department of Energy program, go HERE. 

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