If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce energy use and costs while you’re designing the interior of your new home, start by looking at your lighting fixtures. Lighting makes up 13 percent of all household energy consumption. Traditional incandescent bulbs waste 90% of their energy as heat.
One way to ensure you’re getting the maximum performance out of your bulbs while minimizing energy use is to purchase ENERGY STAR® qualified light bulbs. ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs and fixtures meet energy-efficiency criteria established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Replacing daily bulbs that you use for three or more hours a day with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs) is an easy way to cut down on your energy bill and help the environment.
At Beazer, we include CFLs in all our ENERGY STAR certified homes. The quality and performance of CFLs has improved since households started using them in the 1980s. Today, CFLs are the most cost-effective and energy efficient option for homeowners. CFLs produce the same amount of light as traditional bulbs, but use 75% less heat and energy. They also last up to ten times longer.
Although consumers don’t use LED lights as frequently as CFLs, LEDs are growing in popularity as they become more readily available. LEDs are more energy efficient than CFLs and last at least four times longer. They last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, and use at least 75 percent less energy.
Because LEDs emit virtually no heat, they are cool to the touch. According the U.S. Department of Energy, the rapid adoption of LED lighting in the next 20 years could:
- Deliver about $265 billion in energy savings
- Avoid the need to build 40 new power plants
- Reduce the electricity demand for lighting by 33% in 2027. ENERGY STAR has a list of qualified LED lights based on their Luminaire Lighting Program requirements.
Remember, even small improvements in lighting can add up over time. You don’t immediately have to replace every bulb in your home. Instead, phase out less frequently used blubs by replacing them with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs or LEDs when they burn out.
All energy efficient lighting isn’t the same. Just because a light bulb or fixture is energy efficient, doesn’t mean it is ENERGY STAR qualified. Look for the blue ENERGY STAR label when you’re selecting lighting options.
When you’re personalizing your new Beazer home, you can choose from a range of ENERGY STAR qualified lighting options and fixtures from our Beazer Design Studio.
Progress Lighting is also one of our ENERGY STAR partners and has a selection of more than 200 eco-friendly lighting fixtures on their ENERGY STAR page. You can read about their recently updated ENERGY STAR program and become familiar with some modern lighting terms in their Guide to Green Lighting.