For the average home, lighting is a one of the major consumers of electricity - and a major opportunity for savings. If you're still using incandescent bulbs, consider this: Not only do they use about 4 times more energy than a compact fluorescent and 8 times more than an LED, they have to be replaced 8 times more often than CFLs and almost 50 times more often than LEDs. So you save on two fronts - your energy bill, and your replacement costs.
With shorter days, now is the perfect time to look at what you can save by switching to more efficient lighting:
When choosing replacement bulbs, look for those with the Energy Star label. Some off brands of CFLs, in particular, can have shorter lifespan and poorer light quality.
If you're worried about light quality, don't - CFL technology has come a long way, and most bulbs give off the same light output and warmth as their higher-wattage cousins.
LEDs are becoming increasingly cost-competitive. Start by switching out bulbs in hard to reach places - high ceilings, attics, or difficult-to-remove fixtures. You'll not only save money, you'll remove the hassle of constantly getting to these inconvenient spots..
Visit our lighting page for more bright ideas on saving energy.
The links, ideas and resources on this site can help you save money. There's even an energy-saving calculator to keep track of your results.
But it's not just about putting more green in your pocket. By making simple changes in how you live and work, you'll help to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in the Roanoke Valley.
So, go ahead, save a ton. Then share your successes and hints on our Facebook page.