Fall Back with ENERGY STAR Certified Lighting
Love it or hate it, many of us recently experienced the annual end of daylight saving time, making for brighter mornings, and darker evenings, for much of the country. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the twice-annual tradition, one that was introduced in 1918 in part to help the country save energy. One hundred years later many Americans are still changing their clocks twice a year, and turning on more lights every November as the sun sets earlier. As you open your front door and reach for that light switch this evening, the Environmental Protection Agency has one question for you…are you saving with ENERGY STAR?
Did You Know?
- Certified Bulbs Save Energy: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy than standard bulbs and last 15 times longer.
- Saving Energy Means Saving Money: A single light bulb that has earned the ENERGY STAR can save nearly $55 in electricity costs over its lifetime. By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save about $40 each year. Just think…if every American home replaced just one light bulb with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3.5 million homes for a year and save more than $530 million in annual energy costs.
- Saving Energy and Money Also Helps Save the Planet: Replace a bulb and reduce your carbon footprint. A single light bulb that has earned the ENERGY STAR prevents, on average, 785 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime. If every American home replaced just one 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.