Did you know? About 20 percent of your home’s electricity bill is represented by lighting. Using ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs is one of the easiest steps you can take to help cut down your energy bill and help the environment in the process!
ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Within about 6 months, ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs will pay for themselves, and will then begin to start paying you back. In fact, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save more than $600 million in energy costs annually.
ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs use less watts (power) than traditional incandescent light bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs work by heating a tungsten filament or wire, until it glows, which produces the visible light. However, 90% of the energy used to generate that light is wasted as heat, which makes the incandescent bulbs highly inefficient in lighting your home.
CFLs, instead, create a chemical reaction among gasses located inside the glass tube, causing phosphors to illuminate. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs provide bright, warm light, use 75% less energy, and lasts up to 10 times longer. They also produce about 75% less heat, which can help cut energy costs associated with keeping your home cool.
Learn more about the benefits of ENERGY STAR CFL’s at http://energystar.gov.
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