Your Choice of Home Lighting Makes a Difference in Your Energy Costs

home lightingIf you’re like many Sulpher Springs homeowners who are mindful of energy conservation and efficiency efforts to shrink energy bills and keep more money at home, you may want to explore a little gold mine of potential savings in home lighting. Read on to see how the right lighting converts into energy savings.

Save Energy With the Right Home Lighting

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) states that lighting expenditures in the average home account for as much as 10 percent of the home energy budget. When you consider that higher-efficiency lighting choices save up to 80 percent of lighting costs, it may be time to see what’s in your light fixtures.

  • Halogen incandescent lighting is actually a traditional incandescent bulb with an added capsule that holds gas around the filament. Halogen lighting uses about 25 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lighting, and halogen bulbs may be used with traditional dimmer devices, too.
  • Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs have undergone significant changes in design in recent years to meet consumer preferences of quality lighting and compatibility with dimmers. By switching your traditional lighting to CFLs, you may cut lighting costs by 75 percent.
  • Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is more practical than ever and is making strides into residential lighting applications. LEDs are more durable than traditional lighting and now offer a wide variety of styles and applications for home use. Moreover, LEDs reduce lighting costs from traditional incandescent bulbs by up to 80 percent, and LEDs last up to 25 times longer.

When CFLs were introduced, they didn’t receive the warmest reception by homeowners who use dimming devices or those who didn’t like the blue-tinted light compared to the more familiar incandescent. With advances in lighting technology, however, CFLs and LEDs may now be used in dimmer devices and offer the same quality lighting, or better, than traditional incandescent bulbs. Make sure when purchasing dimmer devices that the packaging states compatibility with CFLs and LEDs.

For more information on home lighting for your Texas home, please contact us at Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

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