Seeing Your Energy Use In a Different Light

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Becca Stanley

It is easy not to think twice before flipping a switch to turn on a light in your house. But you should be thinking twice, because the type of light bulb you are using can have a big impact on your energy use and bill!


Many households are filled with the traditional incandescent light bulbs, but there are more energy efficient light bulbs out there, such as compact florescent bulbs, and LEDs. So why aren’t more people using them?

Compact florescent bulbs emit a harsher light that many people do not like.  Additionally, they cost more upfront, although they last longer and will save you money on your electric bill in the long run.


LEDs have similar light to incandescent bulbs and are even more efficient, and last longer than both incandescent and compact florescent bulbs.  Unfortunately, they are also more expensive then both other types. 


A few things are happening to encourage people to use more energy efficient bulbs. First, the government is currently working to reduce the price of LEDs, making them more appealing to people.  Also, on January 1st it became illegal to make or import 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs.  So, once stores run out of their current stock of incandescent bulbs, they will not be replaced.


What kind of light bulbs do you have in your house?


Want to see how your electric use and bill could change depending what types of light bulbs and how many of each type you have in your home? Check out this Light Bulb Savings Calculator!


Are you curious about ways to decrease your family’s energy use? Check out GMRI’s PowerHouse Challenges!

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