When the light bulb burns out, many of us go to the store and buy the cheapest option. But that cheap option might ultimately cost a homeowner a lot more in energy bills. By spending just a little bit more at the hardware store, a homeowner can help reduce their energy consumption, save money, and use less energy in the process. When a light bulb burns out, consider replacing the old incandescent bulb with an LED or CFL bulb.
The incandescent light bulb dates back to the mid-1800s, with the first commercially viable model designed by Thomas Edison. For about 130 years, it was the best (and only) option. But times have changed and technology has improved. The difference is striking when one looks at the performance of the various types of light bulbs.
The traditional 60W incandescent bulb lasts for about 1000 hours and costs a homeowner $4.80 per year, per bulb. A 43W energy-saving incandescent bulb can last as long as 3000 hours and costs a homeowner about $3.20 per year, a savings of 25%. A 60W CFL bulb, however, lasts 10,000 hours and costs only $1.20 per year. And an LED light provides the most bang for the buck – a 60W bulb lasts a whopping 25,000 hours and costs only $1.00 per year. (Note: the costs of energy will vary based upon your particular usage and your particular energy rates, so the savings could be even more substantial if you are a person who uses electricity often.)
Consider these savings the next time a light bulb goes out. If you are looking to save even more on your energy bills, contact Classic Aire Care about installing an energy-efficient heating or air conditioning unit. If you have questions about how much these can save you versus your old model, we can help. To learn more, contact Classic Aire Care right away.