Updated: Dec 9, 2020
According to energy.gov, the "average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting." Did you know you can spend less money without compromising how much light you use in your home? Opting for energy-efficient light bulbs and fixtures is a quick and easy (usually) way to cut the cost of your electric bill. The secret? Look for the ENERGY STAR. Products with that stamp of approval can save you around $45 every year, if not more.
You can find halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that are all energy efficient.
These bulbs come in various shapes and colors and meet the minimum requirements to be certified as energy efficient.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
Typically, these bulbs are found in kitchens and garages. The cool thing about CFLs is that they usually last longer than regular bulbs while still saving you money.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
Look for this bulbs to place in your desk lamps or outdoors. Compared to halogen incdescents, they last up to 25 times longer and use up to 30% of the energy. When they stand up to CFLs, LEDs produce similar results while using up to 25% of the energy.