The Huffington Post recently published a great article about home lighting. We figured some of their ‘little-known facts’ might be no-brainers to our blog readers, so we wanted to share just the best of the information here:
For each $1 you invest in efficient lighting, you will be paid back up to $6 in energy savings.
You have all heard that CFLs beat incandescent bulbs as far as energy efficiency, but exactly how energy efficient they are might draw a blank. Think about it this way: if you use a 75-watt incandescent for six hours a day, you’d pay approximately $54 a year on energy (this includes the costs of replacement bulbs at 75 cents per bulb). A 20-watt CFL with the same light output would cost $14 a year to power. That bulb would cost $6 to purchase initially but it’d last four years for six hours a day, so the total expenditure per year would be $15.50. That’s $38.50 less per year, which is a return on investment of 642%!