Fewer daylight hours and cooler temperatures mean that many Americans spend more time inside during the fall and winter months. While up to half of the energy used in a typical home goes towards heating and cooling, other home features like water heaters, appliances and lighting contribute to energy bills. Swapping traditional light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) is one of the easiest ways to start saving energy at home.
Viewer Tip: When you change your clocks this weekend, why not change a few light bulbs, too? Look for light bulbs that have earned the Energy Star, which means they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Consider these facts and figures:
- Swapping one traditional bulb for an Energy Star bulb can save 40 dollars or more over the lifetime of the bulb. Swap five and save 200 dollars or more!
- If every American home replaced just one traditional bulb with an Energy Star qualified CFL, we would save enough energy to light up three million homes for a year.
- An average Energy Star qualified light bulb is built to last about 8,000 hours – that’s more than seven years with typical household use.
Take Energy Star’s printable CFL Purchasing Guide to the store with you to help you choose the right light bulb for your home fixtures: www.energystar.gov/ia/products/lighting/cfls/downloads/purchasing_checklist.pdf
(Sources: Energy Star. “Save Energy at Home: Lighting.” http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_save_energy_at_home, and “CFLs: Savings.” http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls_savings)