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Energy Star Lighting

March 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Energy Star Lighting

It wasn’t so long ago that we were faced with the rising cost of energy, whether it was to fuel our cars or light and heat our homes. Currently with the recession we have all been given a reprieve from these escalating costs, but it’s only a matter of time before we face the same dilemma of skyrocketing energy costs.

One way to help reduce our personal energy use is to replace our existing light fixtures in our homes with Energy Star rated products. We have been hearing a lot about Energy Star over the last few years, but for those of you who don’t remember the benefits I’ll give you a refresher course.

Energy Star is a joint program between the E.P.A, and the Department of Energy designed to help the consumer save money and protect the environment at the same time. In the lighting industry Energy Star products utilize compact fluorescents to reduce energy waste.

Compact Fluorescent bulbs use 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. A traditional bulb loses 90% of its energy to heat, only 10% is actually used to light the filament. In a typical household 15% of the electric bill is for lighting.

I know what your thinking, “ok it sounds great, but have you actually looked at fluorescent fixtures. They have no style, and I don’t want to live in an institutional environment.”

I would have agreed with you at one time, but Energy Star lighting has come a long way in recent years. All of these are energy star rated. Energy costs listed are for a year and may vary depending on where you live.

 

Eight Light Energy Star Chandelier
Energy Star Sconce
Energy Star Chandelier

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