All light bulbs are not created equal! Incandescent light bulbs may be cheaper to buy in the store but their drastically shorter lifespan and high energy consumption end up costing you in the long run. Learn about the many advantages of compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs here.
CFL light bulbs
Just the simple act of switching to CFL light bulbs can make a big impact on your electric bill! They use 75% less electricity than incandescent light bulbs and last 6 times longer. CFLs also will save you $40 or more over their life time. Visit the Energy Star website to discover how CFLs work and how to choose the right one for your home.
If you want to learn more on proper CFL disposal, explore the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
LED Light Bulb Facts
Looking for even more savings? Then install LED light bulbs today! LED light bulbs can last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and up to 4 times longer than CFLs. They are extremely durable, compact, and are just as energy efficient as CFLs. Read what the U.S. Department of energy has to say about the impressive efficiency, quality, and durability of LED light bulbs. If you’re curious to find out how LED lights work be sure to visit the Energy Star website
How do I choose the right energy efficient light bulbs?
CFL and LED light bulbs come in a variety of shapes, light colors, and brightness so it may be confusing at first to find the proper bulbs for your home. Different light fixtures require specific light bulb shapes. Review this article from Energy Star to figure out which bulb to buy as well as learn more about energy efficient lighting.
It can be difficult to compare the brightness between incandescent and energy efficient light bulbs since CFLs and LEDs produce the similar brightness to incandescent bulbs at lower wattages. Therefore energy efficient bulbs list their brightness in lumens. View this video from the U.S. department of energy to discover how many lumens are needed to match the brightness of various incandescent bulbs
How do I get free efficient light-bulbs?
We really encourage you to sign-up for a Quick Home Energy Checkup. It is free and they will install CFLs for you. Everybody is eligible to a Quick Home Energy Checkup so don’t leave this opportunity on the table!