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Home Lighting Choices Affect Summer Energy Costs

The efficiency of the home depends upon the efficient operation of a network of inter-linking systems, such as the A/C, water heater and home lighting – all affecting summer energy costs. Here are some helpful ways to save on energy costs with your home lighting choices.

Efficient Lighting: A Bright Idea!

Traditionally, energy-efficient home lighting meant choosing lower wattage light bulbs, 3-way bulbs and dimmer switches. While these options are still available, technological advances have made light bulbs more energy efficient than standard incandescent bulbs. So, you may enjoy the same or brighter lighting in your home for less energy.

  • Energy-saving incandescent bulbs look like regular bulbs. These bulbs are designed to save about 25 percent in energy use.
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) have been around for years, and were characterized by the blue light emitted. New CFLs emit a soft warm light, and are more energy efficient than ever. You may select from a wide variety of shapes, styles and brightness.
  • Light-emitting diode (LED) are solid-state lighting, with semiconductors that convert electricity into light. Like CFLs, you can enjoy big summer energy savings with LEDs. You can expect big savings and long-lasting lighting in your home when you select

Light Your Home With Energy Star

Lighting your home efficiently is as easy as following the federal Energy Star. Many Energy Star-qualified light bulbs save as much as 75 percent electricity. Moreover, energy-efficient lighting often lasts longer than traditional incandescent lighting – up to 25 times longer. You save energy and money for new bulbs, even when energy-efficient bulbs cost a little more than incandescent.

Look for the blue Energy Star logo, and you’ll be sure to save energy compared to traditional lighting products. For tips about home lighting and lowering summer energy costs, please contact us at Air Experts today. We have proudly served homeowners in the Triangle Region since 1986.

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