If you have an older home, go ahead check all of your lights, you may need to switch more bulbs and fixtures than you think.
Tips for Buying More Energy Efficient Lights
When replacing your bulbs, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Take your old bulb with you. I have a hard time remembering the brightness of the bulb I’m replacing so to make sure you’re getting a good match go ahead and grab that old bulb. You also want to make sure you get the right ‘warmth’ or ‘cool’ tone with your light.
Check with your power company and see if they offer rebates. Save more money and take advantage of rebate programs your utility provider may offer.
Keep receipts. Got a bad bulb? If it’s an Energy Star bulb, you may be covered under a warranty.
When deciding on CFL or LED, please keep in mind that even with prices dropping on LED bulbs, it can be expensive if you’re buying large quantities. You may want to go with compact fluorescent for now.
On the other hand, when you do dispose of CFLs, you need to recycle them as they have a tiny amount of mercury.
If you’re looking for more helpful information, Consumer Reports has plenty of articles. (Some require a subscription):
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