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Are you looking for a way to be more green in your household, but aren’t really sure where to start? While many families think about starting to recycle or moving to Energy Star appliances, they often don’t think about one of the easiest, most cost effective solutions – switching to green lighting. Many people assume that switching all the light bulbs in their home to something more earth-friendly is too expensive and just not realistic over the long run. You may be surprised to learn that going to green lighting is not only a boost to your home’s energy efficiency, but can save you quite a bit of money in the long run!
Green Lighting: Efficiency vs. Cost
Two of the biggest misconceptions about green lighting are that it is very expensive and not cost effective for families who live on a budget— it may shock you to know, however, that it is actually the opposite. On average, a 100-watt soft light bulb costs $1.50 a bulb, but lasts for only 750 hours. While this may sound like a very large number, it is actually only a bit over a month of constant usage. For the average family, that means changing this bulb every 3 to 4 months.
This is the option most people take since it’s the cheapest you can buy; energy efficient bulbs seem more expensive upfront. However, an Energy Star certified CFL lasts 10 to 25x longer than a normal bulb. With the average household having 50 bulbs, switching to all energy efficient bulbs will save you $40 per bulb over the lifetime of the of the bulb and over $2,000 throughout your house, since these bulbs start paying for themselves after 6 months of usage!
Green Lighting: Tax Credits
Want to know something else cool about green lighting? You can earn a tax credit by using energy star certified lighting! You can find tax credits, discounts, and mail in rebates for using CFL and LED bulbs. The amount of savings obviously depends on your state, but may allow you to get some extra money back by using this more cost-effective lighting. If you calculate this into your overall savings with how much longer these bulbs last, odds are good that you will realize that green lighting is the perfect solution for every family.
Green Lighting: Style & Flare
One of the biggest misconceptions is that green lighting is ugly or impractical. Now that more people in the United States are embracing being more eco-friendly, it is easy to find stylish, beautiful lighting that is not only energy efficient, but also cost effective. As well, you can make your current lighting more energy efficient just by adding a dimmer. Experts from Passion Lighting, a lighting store in Texas, say that adding a dimmer to your lighting and setting it to 50% can save you around 40% in electricity and allows the bulb to last 10 times longer. With the right amount of planning and energy efficient bulbs, you can save money and make your own more efficient with green lighting!
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