Saving Money with ENERGY STAR Certified Lightbulbs

      Consider the Savings of Using CFLs or LEDs

 

60-watt Traditional
Incandescent Bulb

15-watt CFL Bulb
12-watt LED Bulb
Lumens 650 800 800
Life (hours) 1,500 8,000 25,000
Cost of bulb* $1.49 $5.49 $14.97

Lifetime of bulb **

1.4 years 7.3 years 22.8 years
Annual Energy Cost ** $7.23 $1.69 $1.45
Total Cost - Year 1 $8.72 $7.18 $16.42
Total cost over
20 years

$166.95
(15 lightbulbs
+ energy)

$50.27
(3 lightbulbs
+ energy)

$43.97
(1 lightbulb
+ energy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                *Estimate based on selection available at Home Depot in April 2016.
                **Based on 3 hrs/day, $0.11/kWh. Cost depends on rates and use.

The changes you make in your lighting choices will not only contribute to lower utility bills but also to a changing planet.  If every home in America replaced just one incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL or LED, we would save enough energy every year to light 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.

 
 
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