Fall Tips to Save Money on Energy
Fall is underway and each day we have a little bit less sunlight. This means your home is less expensive to cool. But it also means people will be flipping on the light switch more often. Lighting accounts for as much as 12 percent of your energy use.
Check out these six tips and infographic below to learn how to save money and electricity this fall while you've got the lights on.
Six Energy Saving Tips
1. ENERGY STAR® certified bulbs, like CFLs and LEDs, save electricity. If every household in Texas swapped out just one incandescent bulb for one of these, we could save enough energy to light a home for a year.
2. Save money with ENERGY STAR® certified bulbs. The energy cost to operate a traditional incandescent bulb for one year is $4.80. For each incandescent bulb you replace with a CFL or LED bulb, you can save $3.60 to $3.80 a year. How many bulbs are in your home?
3. When shopping for energy conserving bulbs, look for lumens to measure the brightness of the bulb instead of watts. Watts indicate energy consumed and lumens indicate light output. A 1,600-lumen ENERGY STAR® bulb has the same brightness as a 100-watt incandescent bulb but uses less energy.
4. Save on your electric bill with ENERGY STAR® certified holiday lights. They can last up to 10 times longer, and they’re also cool to the touch, minimizing the risk of fire. Many LED strings produce the same amount of light as those with incandescent bulbs, but use up to 90 percent less energy.
5. Light fixtures can also waste energy. You could save $75 a year on your electric bill by replacing five fixtures in your home with ENERGY STAR® certified models.
6. Always turn off lights when you leave a room. Switching off just one light that would otherwise burn eight hours a day saves you almost $20 per year. Also try timers and photocells that turn lights off automatically.
Help your friends save energy too. Download this infographic to share by email or on social media.