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PowerHouse Tip of the Month
Every month we offer energy-efficient home improvement tips. These seasonal suggestions can help lower your bill all year long.
February energy-saving tip of the month: Swap your incandescent bulbs with LEDs
Here’s a bright idea. Save money and energy by switching to LED lighting. The Department of Energy (DOE) says it’s the fastest way to cut energy costs. Here’s why and how to replace your old incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.
Switch and save
According to the DOE, families can save up to $225 a year when they switch all their bulbs to LEDs. LEDs consume 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light. Though the initial cost of LEDs is higher, they make up for it over time since they last about 25 times longer.
Watts versus lumens
When you shop for LEDs, look at lumens instead of watts. Incandescent bulbs are measured in watts, a measure of how much energy they use, but they lose a lot of that energy as heat. LEDs convert most of the energy they use to light and now it makes more sense to measure their brightness in lumens.
The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb. To replace a common 60-watt incandescent bulb, look for an LED that emits around 800 lumens.
Check the label
The Lighting Facts label on an LED tells you not only its brightness and how much energy it uses, but also its color temperature, estimated lifespan and estimated yearly cost to use. That’s a lot of information that gives you a lot more control over your home lighting.
From specialty bulbs to dimmer switches and more, save in style with ENERGY STAR LEDs.
January energy-saving tip of the month: Take a free online home energy assessment
Is saving money one of your New Year’s resolutions? Your home is a great place to start. Take our free online home energy assessment for targeted low-cost energy saving recommendations.
Here are some easy ways to get started.
- Inspect your ductwork for openings and cracks. Air escapes through cracks, which causes your furnace to work harder and lowers home air quality. Seal with foil tape and mastic paste.
- Lower your water heater temperature. Most come preset at 140 F, but the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) considers 120 F safe for most households.
- Wash clothes in cold water. They’ll get just as clean. Hang clothes to dry instead of using the dryer to save even more.
- Use a programmable thermostat to put your home in energy-saving mode. With a smart thermostat, you can even use your phone to adjust it from anywhere.
- Connect your office devices to an advanced power strip. It’s an all-in-one plug, surge protector and energy use monitor that automatically turns off power to idle devices.
- Save big with LEDs. According to the DOE, LED bulbs use about 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.
Learn exactly how you consume power in a typical month to find more ways to save throughout 2024.