Innovative lighting solutionsWith so much new eco-friendly technology on the market, lighting your home or business with energy efficient light bulbs is easy and affordable, allowing you to light up your home with the same amount of light as inefficient bulbs and reduce your electric bill.

The Department of Energy says that upgrading some of your lights to energy efficient bulbs can save you over $50 a year on energy bills. These innovative bulbs are easily attainable for consumers and can be found in most hardware and home improvement stores. Most have also received the Energy Star label to ensure consumers receive maximum energy efficiency.

Here are three light bulbs recommended by the DOE to use instead of inefficient bulbs:

1. CFLs

Compact fluorescent lamps are curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already have throughout your home. They tend to pay for themselves in less than nine months as they begin to trim the cost of powering your home on a monthly basis. According to the DOE, an Energy Star-qualified CFL provides the same amount of light as comparable traditional incandescent bulb, using about one-fourth the energy. Their lifespan is also ten times as long as less energy-efficient bulbs.

CFL bulbs have come a long way since they were first introduced, and now offer a range of light colors. Some even come with a cover to further diffuse the light and create a shape similar to the bulbs you have replaced. Some CFLs also have a feature that allows you to dim the bulb if desired..

2. Halogen Incandescents

Halogen incandescent bulbs successfully meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard and are equipped with a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. They come in a vast array of shapes and colors to meet your needs, and can be used with dimmers as well.

3. LEDs

The light emitting diode are a type of solid-state lighting-semiconductors that convert electricity into light. LEDs in white light, general illumination applications are one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies, according to the DOE. Energy Star-qualified LEDs use as little as 20 percent of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs.

Although investing in LED bulbs can be a bit intimidating, they will ultimately save you a great deal of money due to their long lifespan and very low energy use.

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