Light Bulbs: 2nd Habit of Energy-Efficient Homes


Who invented the light bulb?  Most of us would say Thomas Edison, but this isn’t entirely correct.  The light bulb used everywhere today actually passed through several pairs of hands before Edison touched it, including those of the English scientist Humphry Davy and the English physicist Sir Joseph Swan http://www.unmuseum.org/lightbulb.htm.

Regardless of who gets the credit, we can all agree that the light bulb is one of the most important inventions ever.  It also is a major part of your electric bill.  Since no one wants to go back to the days of studying by firelight, Electricity Express has a few ideas on how to save energy through your usage of light bulbs.

  1. Dust – When’s the last time you dusted?  While cleaning off that bulb won’t save you hundreds of dollars, it will at the very least brighten up your room, and you’ll sneeze less.
  2. High-efficiency light bulbs – These have different forms, lives and costs  http://www.nrdc.org/energy/lightbulbs/files/lightbulbguide.pdf and include:
    1. Incandescent (halogen or halogen incandescent) – Although this type costs 3 times as much as the standard bulb, over the course of a year it actually puts $13 back into your bank account.
    2. Compact fluorescent light (CFL) – This is a big winner for you, because it uses up to 90% less energy than its competitor, the incandescent http://homeguides.sfgate.com/energyefficient-lightbulb-78717.htm.
    3. Light emitting diode (LED) – The champion of all light bulbs, the LED is used in everything from electronics to Christmas lights to normal ceiling lights http://eartheasy.com/live_energyeff_lighting.htm.
  3. Turn them off – No matter what technological advancements are made, the old advice remains the best: leave the room, turn off the light.  While there is some debate about how much money is actually saved by turning off a light, it can’t be denied that at the very least, energy is saved.

The light bulb remains one of the most important and least remembered items in our homes.  But with a little thought, it can contribute big savings towards your monthly budget.  For more questions on how to save money, give the Customer Care department at Electricity Express a call at 855 781 6970.  We are always ready to help you understand how to take control of your spending on energy.