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  • Consider Energy Efficient Lighting For Your New Home!

    One of the easiest ways for a homeowner to save money and energy is to switch from traditional incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient light bulbs.  Some energy efficient lighting options include: energy-saving incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs).  Including such lighting in your home is a great selling feature to attract savvy buyers looking to purchase a home with low operating costs.

    The cost of electricity for lighting is approximately 14% of the total monthly electric bill for an average home.  According to the Energy Information Administration, the average home’s electric bill is greater than $100 per month.  This means that at least $14 per month ($168 per year) is the electricity being used for lighting.  Installing energy-efficient lighting is a great way to reduce these costs.

    An energy saving incandescent bulb uses 25% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb.  A compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) uses about 75% less energy, and a light emitting diode (LED) can use 80% less energy, than a traditional incandescent bulb.  Not only do more energy-efficient bulbs use less electricity to create the same amount of light (lumens), but also they last much longer.  A traditional bulb will last approximately 1,000 hours.  The energy saving incandescent will last up to 3,000 hours, the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) up to 10,000 hours, and the light emitting diode (LED) up to 25,000 hours.

    By installing energy-efficient lighting in your new home, you can show a potential buyer how much average savings they can anticipate in their electricity bill.  A Certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Rating will demonstrate the exact savings anticipated and can be a powerful method for demonstrating the cost savings achieved with energy-efficient lighting.

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