Did you know that the standard or incandescent light bulb converts only five to ten percent of the energy it consumes to light and the rest to heat? Plus, the greener energy power of ceiling fans can save 40% off your summer electric bill and 10% in winter?
Quieter summer months are a perfect time to plan and implement a “green make-over” of your home lighting and use of ceiling fans.
Switching to more earth-friendly, energy efficient light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to go green. You will immediately start saving on your electric bill.
The top two types of energy-efficient bulbs are Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
CFLs are long tube fluorescent lights that many describe as looking like a soft-serve ice cream swirl. They use about 25% the energy and last ten times longer than the conventional bulb to produce the same amount of light. Experts estimate they can pay for themselves in less than nine months.
LEDs are built to be super energy efficient and super long-lasting. They use only 20%–25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer (100,000 hours) than traditional bulbs. Many lamps and lighting fixtures are now made with LED bulbs built right in.
There is good news and bad news about purchasing these bulbs. The bad news is the initial cost can be high, with LEDs significantly more costly than CFLs. The good news is that prices are falling as this technology has been a focus for many manufacturers.
Ceiling fans are said to be one of the greenest home energy-saving tools. Look for spots to add fans where they can perform at their peak. That is where ceiling fan blades are 10-12 inches below the ceiling and 7 to 9 feet above the floor.
An energy efficient ceiling fan can make you feel up to eight degrees cooler and save up to 40% in air conditioning costs. This cost savings can be greatly enhanced by switching out the old bulbs with the new.
Adding green elements can improve the appeal and modernize your overall home design. CFLs and LEDs come in variety of shapes and colors. When shopping for new lamps and fans, keep your eye out for those made with natural, recycled, or reused materials. Designers are using these materials more and more in chic home decor.
The U.S. Department of Energy suggests consumers look for the ENERGY STAR label, established to “make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort”.
Jumpp To It is a property management and property maintenance company that is licensed, bonded and insured with an excellent reputation serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Ft Myers since 2001.
Jumpp To It offers a variety of home services that include maintenance, handyman services including ceiling fan and lighting installation. Call us today and we will care for your home right away! We are available whenever and wherever you need us.