Cut costs with energy-efficient lighting
Lighting is an essential part of your home. And because you’re likely using some form of lighting throughout most of the day and evening, switching to energy-efficient bulbs can make a big difference when it comes to your energy bills.
Choose LED bulbs
Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use 75% less energy and last about 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs. While they cost more up-front, you’ll see energy savings over the long term.
Tips for reducing your lighting costs
- Use task lighting to illuminate work and leisure activities. This reduces your overall room lighting levels.
- Use LEDs in all fixtures. When shopping for these bulbs, look for the ENERGY STAR label.
- Look for the highest lumens at the lowest wattage when buying any kind of lightbulb.
- Open shades and blinds to take advantage of natural light.
- Keep light fixtures clean to get the most illumination.
Disposal of CFLs
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) contain very small amounts of mercury that are harmful to the environment. Learn what to do if a CFL bulb breaks, and how to safely dispose of or recycle CFL bulbs.
Aside from offering comfort, lighting also offers security, especially outside your home. Add security lighting to your home for as little as $6 a month with our security lighting program. We'll:
- Provide cost-effective bulb options for you to choose from.
- Install and provide energy to the light.
- Maintain the light (if the bulb goes out, we'll repair or replace it).
To enroll in our security lighting program, contact our Customer Service Center via email or call 800-257-4044 during business hours.
Analyze your home energy use
Find out how much energy you’re using and how you can lower your use—and costs—with our free Home Energy Analyzer tool.