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Bright Lights That Don’t Cost Big Bucks

Bright Lights That Don’t Cost Big Bucks

by On Feb 17 2017

Thanks to new light bulb innovations, you can now light your home using the same amount of light for less money! That’s good news for Discount Power customers looking for extra savings. On average, a household dedicates about five percent of its energy budget to lighting. Making the switch to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest and easiest ways to cut your electricity bill!

The way to accomplish this is by replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the Energy Star certification from the EPA. This can save your household $75 each year. New lighting standards took effect in 2012, and money-saving options such as halogen incandescent, CFL, and LED light bulbs are now widely available. Lightbulbs that have earned the Energy Star rating are your best bet to save money quickly.

Here’s why the new bulbs save money: Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light. 90 percent of the energy is given off as heat, and that energy costs money that consumers are essentially throwing away. Newer, energy-saving light bulbs are much more efficient, so they save you money, and they come in all of the brightness levels and colors that consumers have come to expect.

Consumers have many choices in energy-efficient lighting. The most popular light bulbs available include halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although these can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money because they use less energy. You can find them in most grocery, hardware, and home-improvement stores.

Certain accessories can help reduce the amount of electricity used by lighting fixtures, as well. Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity by lowering light levels. Be sure to select products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.

If you have outdoor lighting that is left on for a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures can save a lot of energy. Most bare spiral CFLs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather. CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights. These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures.

No matter what kind of light bulbs you use, you’ll pay less for electricity be switching to Discount Power! We offer all of our valued customers great rates with great service—simple. Choosing one of our fixed rate plans means that the energy rate per kilowatt hour (kWh) is locked in for the duration of the term you select. Visit our promotions page to find out how much you can save off your first month’s bill by making the switch today!