Energy Efficiency and the End of Daylight Savings Time
The end to Daylight savings time is here, and that can mean many things for different people…an extra hour of sleep, less daylight when you get off from work, and perhaps most importantly, a greater dependence on your lighting as you return home to a dark house. While there is nothing we can do to put off the darker evenings ahead, we can do something about the energy we use to light our homes at night. Have you changed out your incandescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs? If you haven’t, you are missing out on significant energy and money savings and an opportunity for your family to help protect the environment all year long.
The Top Four Reasons to Choose ENERGY STAR Certified Lighting
- Dollar Savings: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs use 70-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last at least 15 times longer. A single light bulb that has earned the ENERGY STAR label can save over $55 in electricity costs over it lifetime. With the average American home containing approximately 50 light sockets, and about 60% of them still containing an inefficient bulb, the opportunities for savings are huge.
Bonus: The cost of certified LED bulbs has dropped dramatically, with prices hovering around $2 per bulb across the country, and as low as $1 or less in many areas!
- Quality and Performance: Only bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR label have been independently certified and undergone extensive testing to assure that they will save energy and perform as promised. To earn the ENERGY STAR, LED bulbs must demonstrate they can meet consumer expectations, delivering on brightness, color quality and being able to shine light in all directions. The performance of ENERGY STAR lighting is certified by independent third parties based on testing in EPA-recognized laboratories.
- The Options You Desire: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs and fixtures come in all shapes and sizes. They include everything from general purpose bulbs, to accent and under cabinet lighting, recessed cans, to outdoor lighting. If you’re looking to enhance features in your home, such as the entryway, granite countertops, or even art work, ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs and fixtures are up to the task. Need a dimmable bulb? Most ENERGY STAR LED bulbs and fixtures are dimmable. Make sure to look for the dimming information on the package and install dimmer switches that are compatible with the bulbs or fixtures you prefer.
- Environmental Protection: Did you know? A single light bulb that has earned the ENERGY STAR prevents 785 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime. If every American home replaced a light bulb with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR, we would prevent nearly 7 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions from 640,000 cars.
Want to learn more about ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs? Check out the details of the Bulb Revolution here.