So many of our Kansas City customers come to us wondering how they can switch to energy efficient lighting. It’s a pressing matter for homeowners having to deal with rising utility bills. You may find yourself in this situation, too, which is why we want to go over some ways to optimize your home energy savings.
Energy Saving Lighting with LEDs
One of the most recommended ways to save money with better lighting is to switch your bulbs to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). These can help you in so many ways with both indoor and outdoor lighting. LED bulbs have a tremendous advantage over traditional incandescent lights.
They last 25 times longer and consume 90% less energy. You can get them in many colors, so they also provide fun aesthetic options. Even if you want to stick with traditional white (for functional lighting), you can get them in many hues. LED lights might cost more than incandescent bulbs, but the gap is nowhere near what it once was.
Researchers have tested the cost to run each type for every 1,000 hours of usage. LED lights cost $1.32 for that length of time, whereas incandescent bulbs cost $6.60. You can clearly see that the investment is worth it after a short while. Also, LED bulbs are much sturdier than older bulbs that might go out or flicker when there’s too much physical disturbance nearby.
Complacent Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
Some homeowners like CFLs for their extended durability and reliable lighting. Like LEDs, their filament is sturdy and won’t flicker as much. Plus, they usually last for a solid 10 years. CFLs use anywhere between 25-35% less energy depending on which brand you choose.
We also prefer LEDs and CFLs to incandescent bulbs for safety reasons. Have you ever put your hand near a lit incandescent bulb? It’s hot enough to burn after a moment or two. That’s because incandescent bulbs emit 98% of their energy as heat, which can lead to fire hazards.
The only disadvantage to CFLs is that they may take a moment to warm up in colder temperatures and some consumers don’t like the level of brightness. However, for certain purposes, CFLs fulfill a useful role. We generally recommend a mixture of CFLs and LEDs, paying attention to what kinds of lighting you need (direct, ambient, outdoor, etc.).
Energy Efficient Lighting: Other Ways to Save on Your Power Bill
There are many other effective ways to reduce your power bill. These are some of our favorite energy hacks that you should find helpful.
- Cool your house down better with window curtains, drapes, awnings, and other things that keep sunlight at bay.
- Find the most tolerable thermostat settings for the summer and winter, and don’t go beyond that.
- Consider investing in a smart thermostat that can adjust heating and AC when rooms are not in use.
- Check out your window, door, and roof insulation. The hot air that seeps through the cracks will only make your HVAC work harder.
- Use ceiling fans rather than AC as much as you handle.
Get Outstanding Energy Saving Lighting Installation with Fusion Electric
If you need help installing new lights, then we hope you’ll consider Fusion Electric. We can help with ceiling fan installations, new lighting, and many other electrical upgrades that will improve your home and make a noticeable difference on your utility bill.
We’ve earned a reputation as the best electrical contractor in the Kansas City metro area. You can verify that yourself when you see all the support we get through positive testimonials. We’re also recipients of accolades such as the 2019 Super Service Award from Angie’s List.
Contact us today to learn more about energy-saving lighting in your Kansas City home.