Upgrading our lighting is one of the most practical and easy ways to increase our home’s energy efficiency and save money on our utility bills. You will find many helpful articles and videos about lighting because it’s a place we can all start to make a positive difference. The following is from the Solar Decathlon blog:
The media area, dining room and hallway inside the house built by students from the West Virginia University to compete in Solar Decathlon 2013. | Photo Credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) provide the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs but use about 75% less energy. CFLs fit into common household fixtures and are available at most hardware stores. And although CFLs cost slightly more than incandescent bulbs, they save money over time by lasting 15 times longer than their less-efficient counterparts.
The living room and energy-efficient lighting inside the house built by students from the University of Texas El Paso and El Paso Community College to compete in Solar Decathlon 2013. | Photo Credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) offer proof that a lot of light can come in a small package. Typically less than 10 watts, LED lights are becoming more common in desk lamps and under-cabinet applications. This ultra-efficient technology is more expensive than both incandescent and CFL bulbs. However, LEDs can last 50 times longer than incandescent lights and have the potential to change the future of lighting.
Learn more about efficient lighting solutions used by past Solar Decathlon teams in the 2009 product directory and the 2011 technical resources. Homeowners can also learn about local and state financial assistance available for energy-efficient purchases and improvements in the form of tax credits, rebates, and energy-efficient financing at the Energy Savers website.
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