Starting January 2014, 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs won’t be sold anymore—according to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-efficient alternatives last up to three times longer than their incandescent counterparts. Says Eric Johnstone, Vice President of Marketing and Field Services at Ambit Energy, “Replacing your incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives offers an easy way to cut down your home energy bill.”
In the dark about alternate light bulbs to start using? Take a look at the three big alternatives:
· Halogen: Sometimes marked as “energy-saving,” halogen incandescent light bulbs are about 25% more efficient than their traditional counterparts, and can last up to three times longer.
· CFL: These bulbs typically last 10 times longer than the current standard bulb, and use about one-fourth the energy.
· LED: Offering a similar light quality to incandescents, LEDs last up to 25 times as long—and use even less energy than CFLs.