Here in Odessa and Midland, we’re always on the cutting edge of energy. That means oil and gas, but also the latest renewable technologies. While saving the planet is a noble cause, what really matters for most consumers is saving money. One of the easiest ways to do this is through energy-efficient lighting. It’s the same amount of light for less money. You can’t beat that.

About 5% of your electric bill goes straight to the cost of keeping the lights on in your home or business. Switching to energy-efficient light is the fastest and easiest way to save money on your bill. By replacing the bulbs you use the most, you could save about $50 every year.

New lighting options include halogen incandescent, CLF, and LED light bulbs. Make sure to choose bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR to make sure you get the best efficiency possible.

21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY

While the savings may seem minimal, the actual advantages of the new technology are staggering. About 90% of the energy pumped into traditional incandescent bulbs doesn’t produce light at all. Instead, it produces heat. That’s practically burning money, and can even be detrimental during the hot summer months. While you can still find these bulbs in many homes, they are no longer being manufactured. New energy-saving light bulbs are vastly more efficient and come in a wide variety of styles and colors to fit the exact look you want.

TAKE YOUR PICK

The most common types of energy-efficient bulbs are halogen incandescents, CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps), and LEDs (light-emitting diodes). They usually cost only a little more than traditional bulbs but will save you money over their lifespan because they use up less energy. Most hardware stores carry a wide variety of styles, including options with timers and dimmers that can save you even more.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

You can save even more with high-efficiency bulbs by using them outside. That’s because energy-efficient bulbs are especially valuable for lights that run for an extended period of time. For exterior use, bare spiral CFLs can be enclosed to protect them from the weather. Floodlights can also be found as CFLs or LEDs.

WE’LL COME RUNNING

City Plumbing now offers electrical contracting for many of your electrical needs. We can even offer more tips on becoming energy efficient. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running.