As we enter the end of daylight savings time, you'll probably notice yourself turning on a lot more lights in your home. It got us thinking, what lightbulbs will save you money on your electricity bill?
The short answer is: LED lights.
With technology innovations driving down the cost, LED lighting is the best option. It's great for the environment, and really pays off in the long run. The traditional style incandescent light bulbs of our childhood are slowly becoming defunct as they're more of a hazard and don't last very long. The other choice is called CFL or compact florescent lights which use mercury and argon to create ultraviolet light that translates to visible light. Yes, not the safest option, and also takes some time to really power up to maximum lighting, plus you can't use it for dimmers.
Here's a handy chart that really drives down the fact that LED lighting is a better option in the long run:
Chart from TheSimpleDollar.com
To ensure you really save in the long run, here are some tips:
- Keep an eye out for LED lightbulb sales from Costco or Home Depot as you might be able to get them for as little as $2.50 a bulb.
- If you're' unable to find decently priced bulbs, consider replacing high traffic areas only, like your kitchen and family room. You'll see the difference on your electricity bill.
- If you're only staying in your home for less than a year, it won't be worth the cost to get LED lighting for your entire home unless you get a great deal on the bulbs.