SHEDDING SOME LIGHT ON ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING
Did You Know?
If every American home or office replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.
While the purchase price of Energy efficient bulbs are typically 3–5 times greater (prices continue to drop) than that of an equivalent incandescent lamp, a compact fluorescent light (CFL), for example, lasts 8–15 times longer, uses 3–4 times less energy, and produces about 75% less heat so it can cut energy costs associated with home cooling as well. Installing motion/occupancy sensors can reduce power usage as much as 80%!
A U.S. article stated “A household that invested $90 in changing 30 fixtures to CFLs would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs, depending on your cost of electricity. Look at your utility bill and imagine a 12% discount to estimate the savings. Still not convinced? National Grid and/or the New York State Energy Research Department Authority will underwrite a percentage of certain energy efficiency projects. Finally, the end is near! As you may notice, traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs are being phased out over time. So it is not a question of if you will upgrade, but when. Over time it is likely that government and utility incentives will diminish and your energy bill will rise (if history is an indicator). Why not leverage your “tax dollars” to become more energy efficient and save the planet.
Great strides continue to be been made in power and lightening efficiency that can not only improve the comfort/aesthetics of your house, and have a significant effect on your utility bills. We offer a range of services to help you take advantage of this new and constantly evolving lighting technology, control systems, and incentive programs.