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How to Use Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

Author£ºAdmin Hit£º214 Time£º2012/4/6 10:15:06
  • Overview

    Installing energy-saving light bulbs in your home is an easy way to reduce utility costs. Not only will the bulbs save you money, but they will produce significantly less carbon dioxide as well.
  • Choose the Right Fixture

  • Step 1

    Energy-saving light bulbs can be used in indoor and outdoor fixtures. Also known as CFLs, or compact fluorescent lights, they are available in most socket sizes and many decorative styles for use in chandeliers and wall sconces.
  • Step 2

    Choose fixtures that will remain on for two or more hours at a time, since CFLs burn out sooner if they are turned on and off frequently. Most rooms in the home are appropriate for energy-efficient bulbs, although closet and entry lights might not be the best locations.
  • Step 3

    Avoid using energy-efficient bulbs in motion-sensor lights. These bulbs are not designed to produce bright light in the short, quick bursts necessary for this type of fixture.
  • Calculate Your Savings

    • Step 1

      Plan to spend, on average, 25 percent less on energy for CFLs compared to incandescent bulbs, although the bulbs themselves can cost two or three times as much. For a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb lit as much as eight hours a day, the annual utility cost would be about $20. This bulb would also need to be replaced at least three times during that period.
    • Step 2

      Replace that bulb with a 15-watt CFL, which produces the same amount of illumination, and your energy cost would be about $15 per year. The energy-efficient bulb would not need replacement during that period.
    • Step 3

      Calculate the cost for the standard bulbs and the energy used, and you would spend $25 or more each year for one fixture. The cost for the CFL bulb in the same fixture would be $20, saving you $5 annually. Multiply that $5 by the number of fixtures in your home, and the savings are dramatic
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