Go Green to Save Green: Energy Star Light Bulbs

April 26, 2012 by
Filed under: Energy, News 

April is Earth Month, so Green Bay Consumer wants to give you tips and tricks that are not only good for the earth, but save money, too!

Today’s post is to convince you all to upgrade your lightbulbs from the traditional style to Energy Star qualified bulbs.

The initial cost is greater than the type of bulb Thomas Edison invented, but it’s worth the investment.  If every house in the U.S. replaced one regular light bulb with a low-energy bulb, it would save about $600 million in annual energy costs, not to mention the prevention of 9 BILLION pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, too.

An ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb:

  • Saves money about $6 a year in electricity costs and can save more than $40 over its lifetime
  • Meets strict performance requirements that are tested and certified by a third party
  • Uses about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and lasts at least 6 times longer
  • Produces about 75% less heat, so it’s safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling
  • Learn more about the difference of ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs

When we moved into this house seven years ago, I put Energy Star Qualified bulbs in every light socket I could, even those big halogen “can” recessed lights.  I recently changed that light for the first time.  Many of the other lights have not been changed in more than 7 years!

Want a deal on CFL light bulbs?  Check out Sam’s Club this weekend during their open house.  Found some great prices on GE brand.

Be sure to check out Green Bay Consumer every day this month for more tips, tricks and resources to help you save the earth and save your pocketbook.

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