Today, “the subject” referred to in the title is the topic of energy efficiency in lighting choices!

Fun fact: the simple act of changing your light bulbs around the house can benefit both the environment AND your wallet! Who here doesn’t enjoy good, ol’ fashioned savings? It seems pretty easy, almost TOO easy…but we assure you, it is definitely not too good to be true! Read on to find out why such an ordinary task can make a massive difference in your life.

Compared to the traditional incandescent bulbs that many Americans still use in their households, energy-efficient light bulbs use anywhere from 25% – 80% less energy than their predecessors. According to the United States Department of Energy, switching to bulbs that are given the ENERGY STAR stamp can lead to savings on your utility bill of upwards of $75 a year.

If you want to take it a step further, you can also shop around based on light level. Lower lights only increase your efficiency efforts; while they may initially cost you more than a pack of incandescent bulbs, the long life of these bulbs and the decrease in energy usage pays out in dividends over time. If you are trying to be even more fiscally responsible, controls like dimming switches and timers are investments you could look into to further your money saving efforts– many of these items are available to pair with certain apps for remotely adjusting the climate and lighting within your home!

Let’s talk about environmental impact! Energy-conserving bulbs last far longer than incandescent bulbs– by years in some cases! How is this possible? Another fun fact: 90% of the energy that an incandescent bulb uses is attributable to the heat radiating from the filament, causing homeowners and tenants to crank up the AC during those harsh summer months and placing extra wear on your HVAC systems (in addition to taking a totally disrespectful toll on your utility bills.) These systems are costly to repair, costly to replace, and must be disposed of in specific ways to prevent the chemicals within from leaching into the delicate ecosystem where you live. Furthermore, more frequent disposal of these short-lived bulbs causes landfills to fill that much faster. Making the switch may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are a major factor in global warming, which in turn is responsible for major and devastating natural disasters worldwide.

Check out the links below to get some ideas about options for lighting and proper ways to dispose of your light bulbs to further reduce your environmental impact!

Check out the differences between the different types of lighting!
Find out how to responsibly recycle your light bulbs!

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–Brie