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How to Save Energy with Lighting

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Looking to save money on your electric bill without spending a bunch of money to do so? Switching out standard types of lighting to energy-efficient light bulbs is a great, low-cost way to help your household save energy and reduce costs.

Alternative Light Bulbs

When you think of purchasing light bulbs for your home, you most likely reach for a typical incandescent bulb. However, there are many alternative options types of lighting that are more energy efficient.

LED Lights

LED, or light-emitting diode, bulbs are one of the most popular choices when it comes to energy-efficient light bulbs. This option comes in a large variety of watts and colors, allowing you to pick what fits your household needs while still using about 75% less energy. While the initial cost of the bulb is more than an incandescent option, it will be worth it for the savings on your next electric bill.

Halogen Incandescent

Halogen incandescent bulbs are very similar to the incandescent bulb in the type of light it emits and the look. However, these actually use about 25% less energy. They are long-lasting and can come in different colors, such as soft and natural light.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps 

Compact fluorescent lamps, or CFL bulbs, are recognizable with their curled shape and are a smaller alternative to typical fluorescent lighting. These bulbs will make an impact on your bill since a typical 60-watt bulb uses up to 75% less energy.

Other Ways to be Energy Efficient

While making the switch to different light bulbs is a great step in the right direction to saving energy, there are other adjustments you can make to your home. Here are a few to consider.

Dimmer Switches

By installing dimmer switches in your home, you can easily alter the brightness level of the lightbulbs by reducing the amount of activity being supplied.

Change Your Habits

One simple way to help save energy is to make it a habit to turn off all lights when leaving a room – or even keep your lights off and using natural light during the day!

Be Smart Outdoors

Another tip is to get a timer for outdoor or decorative lights so they will automatically turn off when not needed. This way you don’t have to remember to turn them off every night.

Keep Things Sealed

Make sure all your doors and windows are sealed tightly to keep the air in so your air conditioner or heat does not run more than necessary.

For more home tips or help installing energy-efficient lighting, contact Benchmark Electrical Services today.