Friday, February 20, 2015

Benefits of ENERGY STAR® qualified LED and CFL lamps

Benefits of ENERGY STAR® qualified LED and CFL lamps
There are many, many benefits to switching to Energy Star® qualified CFL or LED lamps. They are good for the environment, using less resources because they are so efficient, and last far longer than older technologies. And it’s not just our environment that benefits; due to their efficiency, they are far and away less costly to operate, saving everyone money on every energy bill we receive. 

About Energy Star® Energy Star is a voluntary government-backed program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). Energy Star protects the environment by helping us to identify and promote energy-efficient products which reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is the national symbol of energy efficiency.

Energy Star® lamps

• Reduce energy consumption, saving you money. By switching from a 60W incandescent bulb to a 13W CFL, you will save about $62 over the lifetime of the CFL! Replace the incandescent bulb with an LED and you’ll save $143 over the life of the LED bulb!* 

• Last longer. A CFL lamp lasts almost 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb, while an LED lamp lasts almost 20 times as long. You save trips to the store which saves time and money. 

• Lessen the impact on the environment. Using Energy Star qualified lamps use less energy thus reducing greenhouse gasses and impact on the earth.

• They can be recycled. CFL and LED lamps are recyclable which keeps materials out of landfills. 

• Produce less heat. CFL and LED technology uses energy more efficiently, so less heat is emitted. Less heat production means lower cooling bills. 

• Save time. Replace lamps less frequently and make less trips to the store.
* Savings based on $0.12 per kWh for 3 hours per day with a 12,000 hour CFL and a 25,000 hour LED. Actual savings will vary depending on current electric rates and actual hours of use

Choosing the right LED or CFL Where to use an Energy Star® LED or CFL 

• High use areas kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and outdoor fixtures. 

 Use in hard to reach fixtures so you don’t have to replace them so frequently. 

• Where you need more light without exceeding the maximum rated wattage of the fixture.

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