Top five reasons to brighten your home with the halogen light bulb
Replacing light bulbs and fixtures with energy efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified products is the easiest way to reduce your energy consumption, lower your utility bills and keep our air and water clean. Following are Focus on Energy's top five reasons to switch to ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products:
1.A Brighter Earth. If every Wisconsin household replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, the change would prevent more than 380.2 million pounds of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. When you use ENERGY STAR qualified products, you actively reduce the amount of fossil fuels, such as coal, burned at your local power plant to produce electricity. This prevents pollution and combats global climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions - good news for you, the air we breathe and the environment.
2.Money and Energy Savings. ENERGY STAR qualified light fixtures use up to 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. Less energy use means more money in your pocket. By replacing the incandescent light bulbs in the five light fixtures you use the most frequently with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs, you can save more than $60 per year and you will make a positive contribution to help protect the environment for future generations.
3. Long Life. The CFLs used in ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures last up to 10 times longer* than standard incandescent light bulbs. That's more than four years under typical usage. This means they're perfect in areas that are hard to reach or used more often, such as ceiling fixtures and table lamps. You'll enjoy the convenience of less frequent bulb purchases and changes, while saving on electricity bills.
4. High Quality. ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures and bulbs give off the same amount of light as incandescent or halogen lighting while providing a true and natural color. In addition, CFL technology has advanced dramatically in recent years to produce light that is warm and inviting without the flicker, hum or buzz common with early fluorescent lights.
5. Safety and Reliability. All ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures follow National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines for fire safety. CFLs are much cooler to the touch than incandescent or halogen bulbs. In fact, compared to incandescent lighting, ENERGY STAR qualified lighting produces up to 70 percent less heat. Each fixture model is tested and meets strict specifications for energy efficiency and quality, and carries a two-year warranty. CFLs carry a one-year warranty.
Save even more on lighting with...
•Dimmers for a range of light output and increased energy savings in a room.
•Motion detectors outside for safety and to prevent lights from being left on all night.
•Timers to turn lights on and off so you don't have to.
• Photo cells or photo sensors on all ENERGY STAR qualified outside fixtures so that lights come on only when the sun is down.
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Mark Harris contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.discount-light-bulbs.com.
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