When it comes to trying to cut down your electricity bill, your lighting solutions should be one of the first things you need to focus on. About 8 to 15 percent of the average household electricity bill comes from the use of light bulbs. This is why many homes and offices nowadays are switching to energy efficient light bulbs.
Read on to learn how to save money on energy costs. Maybe you can put those savings into hiring a house cleaning company to save your energy…
Using sunlight is still the most efficient way to get illumination. But when that’s not possible, energy-efficient light bulbs can be used in lieu of traditional incandescent light bulbs. These old bulbs are extremely inefficient. They consume too much power and don’t emit enough light, and they convert too much of that power to heat. That causes them to break down all too soon, which then requires you to buy another expensive bulb right away.
So what should you use as an alternative? Check out your options:
Light emitting diodes are one of the most popular alternatives to incandescent light bulbs. It’s true that a LED light bulb costs more than an incandescent light bulb. But when you consider that the incandescent light bulb lasts only about 1,000 hours and the LED lasts from 20,000 to 40,000 hours, you can understand more easily just how much you can save over an extended period of time.
LEDs are even 4 to 7 times more efficient than incandescent (or even halogen) light bulbs and in fact LEDs last 5 to 10 times longer than halogen lights.
Of course, it matters what brand of LED you buy. You need to pick the high-quality LEDs to enjoy really energy-efficient lights.
These are the compact fluorescent lamps that can be used for most light fittings. If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, you can just take them out and use the same fittings for your CFLs. These fluorescent lights are very comfortable for your eyes.
The use of these CFLs for larger rooms can reduce your light solution energy consumption by as much as 80%. You just have to remember that they shouldn’t be used for enclosed fixtures unless the particular CFL bulb is designed for this kind of use. You may also not be able to use them with dimmer controls unless they’re also specially designed.
CFLs offer many types of shapes as well as color temperatures. For living rooms, you may want a nice warm white, while your bathroom and kitchen have cool while bulbs. You can also get bright daylight bulbs for your garage and workshops.
These tubular lamps can be straight or circular. They’re more affordable than your regular CFLs, but they do need special fittings. When the CFLs are insufficient for your workshop needs, then this is the way to go.
On a bulb to bulb basis, it’s true that the halogen bulb is more energy-efficient. But halogen light bulbs aren’t as efficient as LEDs and CFLs. And usually, you need several halogen bulbs to replace a single incandescent light bulb, so you minimize your energy savings.
Solar lights are very handy when you want to light up your outdoor area at night, such as your driveway and your garden. They can soak up the solar power during the day and emit light at night without adding to your electricity bill.
All these are possible lighting solutions that you must seriously consider. Using incandescent light bulbs no longer makes sense, and it’s downright irresponsible. Go for energy efficient light bulbs instead.