I have noticed in the late evenings as I walk my dogs, the many different colors of light coming out of people’s windows. This is especially true now since the days, alas, are starting to get shorter and the sun is setting sooner. When I approach my house at the end of the walk, the light coming out appears white and very bright. Other houses along the walk have more yellow lights. I was speaking with my friend who is looking to buy a new home and this is something he has noticed. He said one of the first things he will do when he decides on a new home is to make sure all the lighting is switched to energy-saving light bulbs. He told me the simplest way to cut back on a home’s energy bill is changing light bulbs. He is right.
According to energy.gov the average home dedicates about 5% of the household budget to lighting. This may not seem like a lot but it can add up, or in this case, subtract. They suggest changing out the 5 most used lights and this alone can save around $45 a year. Energy Saving Light bulbs can last 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs. This is comparing 1,000 light hours to 10,000 light hours.
There are 3 types of Energy Saving light bulbs to choose from now. There are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps, and LEDs. Each has advantages and disadvantages. There is a wide debate on what color light, warm yellow or cool blue, that could go in different areas around the house. It really comes down to personal preference. The light’s that I have replaced in my house is the equivalent to the midday sun. I find this an advantage in the winter when I become sluggish and just want to hibernate. Having the lights on keeps me motivated even when it’s dark outside.
Up to Date
If you haven’t started to already, it is time to start switching out bulbs. The technology has been around for quite a while now. It is time to start saving yourself some money in your home. Start small and change out 1 or 2 to see what type of lights you will like. In our home, we have cool blue for overhead lights but warm yellow for side lamps. Regardless, energy-saving light bulbs should be a priority in older house remodels and bring electrical up to date.