3 Eco-Friendly Ways to Lower Energy Costs This Winter


| 11/11/2015 3:35:00 PM


Tags: Water Conservation, Energy Consumption, Greenhouse Gases, Reduce Emissions, CFL, LED, Home Lighting, Energy Star, Gwen Lewis,

Some will say the opposite of spring cleaning is preparing for the fall and winters months, but finding ways to save energy during the winter can also help protect our planet. Statistics show that if all homes in the United States had Energy Star-rated heating systems installed, not only would that save consumers over $170 million in annual utility costs it would also considerably reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

Non-compliant computers are even more costly, since Energy Star models could save users, in the US alone, almost $2 billion annually and cut back on the emission of greenhouse gases equivalent to around two million automobiles. Even using just one energy-saving light bulb would save $40 during its lifetime.

CFL light bulb

Lowdown on Lighting

We mentioned replacing traditional, incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving options like LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) or CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights), but many consumers may be hesitant to do so because of their higher initial cost. The truth is, the long-term benefits and savings are astronomical—check out some of these estimated examples:

Lifespan:
Traditional = 1,200 hours
LED = 50,000 hours
CFL = 8,000 hours

Energy Usage:
Traditional = 60 watts
LED = 6-8 watts
CFL = 13-15 watts




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