Lighting accounts for about 20% of annual household electricity bills, or approximately $200 per year. The higher the bulb wattage you use, the more electricity that’s needed to make it burn bright and more electricity used means higher energy costs for you. You can save money by switching to energy-efficient lighting. Generally, the most energy-efficient types of home lighting are CFLs and LEDs. Both provide high-quality light, use less energy, and last longer than standard bulbs.
Focus on Energy’s ENERGY STAR Lighting Program can help you save money and lower energy consumption. Focus on Energy is partnering with retailers around Wisconsin to offer instant discounts or coupons on ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting products at participating retailers for select lighting products, while supplies last.
Recycle Your Burned out CFLs
All compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), including ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs, contain a small amount of mercury. Yet they are safe to use. They do not emit mercury when they are intact, in use, properly stored, handled, and/or installed. Because CFLs do contain a small amount of mercury, the bulbs should be recycled properly and not thrown in the trash. By recycling the bulbs, you are helping prevent the release of mercury into the environment. Plus, almost all components of the bulbs can be reused. Focus on Energy has made it easy for you by partnering with nearly 400 retailers across the state to offer free CFL recycling. Simply bring in your expired, unbroken CFLs to a participating retailer near you.
Bright future for LED lighting
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts that within 10 years, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting will overtake incandescent to become the main light source in residential lighting applications. Why? Because even today, ENERGY STAR qualified LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescents, last up to 22 years and provide optimal light color. And the technology is improving rapidly.
LEDs produce light in an entirely different way than incandescent or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Instead of heating a tungsten filament or sending electrical current through a tube of ionized gas, LEDs become illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material.
DOE estimates that rapid adoption of LED lighting in the U.S. over the next 20 years can:
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- Deliver savings of about $265 billion
- Avoid 40 new power plants
- Reduce lighting electricity demand by 33 percent in 2027
Source: Focus on Energy’s ENERGY STAR Extra