Homeowners all over the country are concerned with rising energy prices, as it is something that directly affects each and every person. One of the major areas a home wastes power is through light bulbs. If your home still has incandescent light bulbs, you are spending unnecessary money to keep the space lit. While no solution will be able to entirely eliminate your monthly utility payments, there are steps you can take to reduce them overall. Having the right light bulbs in each room is a great place to start.
Here are a few tips for choosing the right light bulbs for your house:
- Check the lifetime: When you are purchasing new light bulbs, it is important to consider how long the bulbs are going to last for what you are paying. While LED bulbs are a little more expensive up front, they can last up to 20 years. CFL bulbs are also efficient, but will last up to 10 years. Either way, you will see the bulbs eventually begin to pay for themselves.
- Install a dimmer: Most LED and CFL bulbs can be dimmed, so you should have dimmer switches installed in your home. This way, you can control how much light and power a room is consuming at any given moment.
- Know the models: As it is now illegal to produce incandescent light bulbs in the U.S., there are three main types of bulbs that can be purchased: Halogen, LED and CFL. Each one offers its own advantages, although halogens are significantly less energy-efficient than the other two. The lifetime warranty of each bulb is important to consider.
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