For a typical Clark County home with electric heat, we estimate that about 6 percent of the electric bill is for lighting. While that may not sound like much, this is a really easy place to reduce energy use and save a few dollars.
How to get more for your lighting dollar
Follow three steps when reading the label:
- Choose lighting based on brightness. Look for lumens, not watts. Lumens indicate light output. Watts indicate energy consumed. Energy Star® certified bulbs provide the same brightness (lumens) with less energy (watts). Use this chart to determine how many lumens you need to match the brightness of your old incandescent bulbs.
- Determine which product has the lowest estimated energy cost per year. These will save you the most money.
- Finally, choose the other features you prefer, such as lifetime and light appearance. Energy Star® certified bulbs are available in a wide range of colors. Light color, or appearance, matches a temperature on the Kelvin scale (K). Lower K means warmer, yellowish light, while higher K means cooler, bluer light.
Look for the Energy Star® logo on the label for CFLs and LEDs that meet minimum efficiency, lifetime and quality standards
The Energy Star program is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Clark Public Utilities is participating in the regional Simple Steps, Smart Savings program to provide every customer with an in-store discount when purchasing Energy Star® qualified LEDs, CFLs, showerheads and light fixtures at participating local retailers. We want to help make energy efficient choices more affordable for our customers.