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Reduce Energy Costs with Light

Summer brings beautiful weather, but also more expensive electricity bills. As a realtor with a Green Designation from the National Association of Realtors, I wanted to kick off a new series with posts every Friday or Saturday with tips on how to reduce our carbon footprint, beginning with our homes, and also save ourselves some long-term stress on our wallets. Starting off our Friday series, I am bringing you some information about the little ways you can save energy and money on your electric bill.

Incandescent bulbs are becoming more and more of an artifact of the past. Though we’ve become accustomed to the warm light and antique looks they provide us with, they can be energy sinks, costing us well over a hundred dollars over the life of a bulb (compared to the alternative bulbs mentioned below). Mainstream and in more configurations to fit your lighting needs than ever before, compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) not only use 75% less energy (at a minimum!) than incandescents but can last almost 10 or 25 times longer than normal 60W incandescent bulbs (CFLs and LEDs, respectively). Additionally, with operating costs running as low as $1.00 per year, it is possible for a switch to CFLs and LEDs to save you about $135 over the lifetime of every bulb.

To read more about the added benefits of switching to CFLs and LEDs follow this link (GCH_Lighting) to an energy-efficient lighting PDF. For more reading and savings on the right bulbs for you, follow this link to EnergyStar.gov.

Be sure to check in weekly for more insights on how you can live green from REAL Talk.

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