Fast facts: ENERGY STAR information on incandescent light bulbs
If every Wisconsin household replaced just one incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STARŪ qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL):
It would reduce Wisconsin's energy bills by more than $62.5 million over the lifetime of the bulbs.
It would save more than 158.4 million kilowatt-hours of energy each year - enough to power 15,843 Wisconsin homes.
It would prevent 380.2 million pounds of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.
It would prevent 79,213 tons of coal from being burned each year.
The annual environmental impact would be the equivalent of removing 25,586 cars from the road.
ENERGY STAR qualified lighting provides more light while using up to 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent lighting.
The average household has approximately 30 light fixtures. Consumers can cut their utility bills by more than $60 per year simply by replacing the incandescent light bulbs in the five light fixtures they use the most frequently with ENERGY STAR qualified lighting.
One ENERGY STAR qualified bulb can prevent more than 500 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime. This is the equivalent of saving 445 pounds of coal from being burned to generate electricity.
ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products generate approximately 70 percent less heat than standard incandescent lighting, which means they are safe, cool to the touch and help reduce household cooling costs.
ENERGY STAR qualified light fixtures generally use pin-based light bulbs to deliver hard-wired energy savings. Replacement bulbs can easily be found at home improvement centers, hardware stores, lighting showrooms and other major retail stores.
Most Americans are used to looking for watts on a lighting product to compare light output, but watts actually measure the amount of energy used and not the amount of light generated. When comparing standard light bulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs, compare the light output, or lumens, and not watts. For example, when shopping for an equivalent to a standard 60-watt bulb, on the package the lumens will be around 800; look for an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb that puts out 800 lumens or more to get the equivalent amount of light.
ENERGY STAR qualified light fixtures are available in hundreds of popular styles to complement any decor and meet any functional need, whether indoors or outdoors. Portable fixtures include table, desk and floor lamps. Hard-wired lights include outdoor lighting fixtures, cabinet lighting, suspended lights, ceiling-mount lighting, recessed lights and wall-mount lights.
Mark Harris contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.discount-light-bulbs.com.
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