Light Bulb Overload? How to Pick the Best GREEN Power Light Bulb

Posted In GREEN Lighting, GREEN Power Tips - By WhyGREENPower On Saturday, September 17th, 2011 With 0 Comments

Looking for ways to pay less for your lighting? Do Your Part and make energy efficient lighting choices. You’ll save energy and money – at the same time! You’ll need to know your options – and know what bulb works best where.

Incandescent Lamps,  simply put ..replace them, replace them now. 🙂

One example of an energy efficient light bulb is the halogen bulb. They are usually shaped like traditional light bulbs but last 25% longer. They can be used in wide variety of fixtures – including ones with dimmers. However, they do give off a lot of heat. In fact, some floor lamps that take high wattage halogen bulbs are considered fire hazards.

Then, there’s the CFL – or compact fluorescent lightbulb- which come in a wide range of color options. They’re designed for hours and hours of use and last ten times longer than a traditional light bulb. But they generally don’t last long in fixtures that are turned on and off for short periods of time. You also don’t want to use a CFLs in dimmable, recessed or 3 way lamps unless it is specifically designed for that use.

CFLs do contain a small amount of mercury, so they can’t be tossed in the trash. You’ll need to find a qualified recycler to take your used bulbs. And if one breaks in your home, don’t panic. You can find step-by-step directions to safely clean it up at EPA.gov.

Your third choice is a LED bulb. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. Energy-Star qualified ones last up to 25 times longer that incandescent bulbs but use only a quarter of the energy! Most can be used in all types of lighting fixtures. They’re usually your most expensive option but the costs are coming down.

 

We at WhyGREENPower have switched out our homes to CFL lights where lighting is infrequently used and LED lighting where we have moderate to excessive use.   By doing this we are not only saving energy but it is distinctly noticeable with reducing GREEN Power demanded from our solar and wind system.

When you pick a better GREEN Power bulb, you’re not just saving energy and time – you’ll save money, too. What a bright idea!

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What is this all about?:  WhyGREENPower.org shares GREEN alternative energy solutions like solar, wind and other technology to help towards independence from power bills & fuel costs… and even transportation costs.

Who?:  A group of industry GREEN experts have offered their assistance to show that GREEN Power is not onlygood for the earth, but your pocket book as well!

What?:  One of our first projects is to track the progress of one residential home for 12 months to see how far we can takeGREEN Power.  In the first month a savings of 41% was obtained on the first power bill. We will continue to track the progress and share what is learned along the way as we continue to make enhancements and leverage technology.  Did we mention the ROI including all incentives right now is less than 3 years.  

Are we selling anything?:  Simply. No.  Only advocating GREEN Power and sharing what we learn.

Up and coming GREEN!:  So you know about our quest to reduce the power bills.  What you might not know is this fall we will start a separate project to leverage the GREEN Power from the house to charge a electric vehicle (EV). Good bye  $4 dollars a gallon!  Stay tuned. Stay GREEN.

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Let’s share, learn, and promote GREEN Power!

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PS – Did you know?:  The federal Tax Code (HR-1424) is offering, through 2016, a 30% Tax Credit on batteries, panels, wiring, and installation costs associated with a GREEN Power purchase. 

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