With the sky lighting up with fireworks for the 4th of July here in the U.S. I thought this was as good a time as any to talk about lighting up your home the green way.
Changing out old light bulbs for more energy efficient ones and recycling have long been the main go tos for green living. They are oldies but goodies for a reason. You can get a lot of benefit with minimal effort.
When we bought our home the front room had zero light fixtures in it and I did not want to fill it up with lamps. We researched the different lighting options for the greenest at the best price (Also what Tyler could figure out how to install;).
LED’s vs. Compact Fluorescent (CFL’s) vs. Incandescent.
There are so many choices when you go to the store. Getting overwhelmed is never good so I hope the tips below will help you figure out the best way for your home to save energy, money and reduce greenhouse gases.
Now that our whole home is updated our electricity bill is less now than it was in our rental despite the fact that we increased from 500 to 720 square feet and have almost double the amount of indoor and outdoor lights. If you want to see a price break down of how much you will save click here.
LED’s: Pros and Cons
- This is what we have in the majority of home. I love that they can be put on dimmers as long as you buy the compatible switches.
- Extremely energy efficient.
- They give of a soft white light that feels bright and natural at night, but I have read that some feel they can look a bit blue.
- Their down fall would be price. They are more expensive than CFL’s, but are seen as a better investment because of their longevity. If you are going to be in your home for more than just a couple of years LED will be the best bang for your buck. LED’s will last an average of 40,000 hours.
Compact Fluorescent (CFL): Pros and Cons
- CFL’s win on price for sure, being on average $10 cheaper than LED’s.
- They are not as energy efficient as LED’s, but they are still much better than incandescents at saving energy and will last on average 8,000 hours.
- They don’t often win in the kind of light they give off. Since they are fluorescent lights they can have that super bright washed out kind of light.
- These would be the perfect choice if you are renting. You can get a pack of 4 for only $6.
Incandescent: Con’s and Cons
- Don’t buy them and replace them if you have them currently. They are such an outdated technology. They use way more energy than is necessary now with these other options. No green home should have them plugged in. They also give off a yellowish light and leave rooms feeling dim. If everything else wasn’t enough to make you want to change them out they only last for 1,000 to 2,000 hours.
The best thing to do is to start changing out your lights one room at a time. This is such an easy action that will have a BIG impact on your electricity bill and our planet. If you are renting, it’s still a good idea to change out the old inefficient incandescent bulbs, who doesn’t love saving a little extra money? When I was renting I was sure to change out my light bulbs to CFL’s not the LED’s and I’d recommend you do the same. I felt better knowing I was not wasting energy and creating even more pollution. Plus I left the rentals in better condition than I found them so the people after me would benefit too…Pay it forward! Another option is to ask your landlord to change them out for you.
What kind of lights are in your home now? Have you already changed them out for something more efficient or are you going to now? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
I hope you have a Happy and Fun 4th of July!