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How can using the right light bulbs in your home save you money on your energy bills?

When it comes to energy efficiency, many homeowners fail to take into account their home lighting. Oftentimes the light bulbs used in lighting fixtures can have an impact on your energy bills. So, which are the best for energy savings? Which may end up costing you more?

At Gulf Coast Electric, we encourage Destin energy efficiency so all homeowners in the area can enjoy lower electric bills. That’s why we’ve come up with a helpful guide to help you choose the best light bulbs for your home. 

Can Certain Light Bulbs Really Save You Money?

Something as simple as changing the light bulbs in your home’s lighting fixtures can help save you money on your energy bills. 15 percent of your average electricity use each month is devoted solely to lighting. 

This may not seem like much, but it adds up in the long run. Energy-efficient options are typically one of the best ways to lower your energy bill. In addition, turning off lights when not in use is another great way to save money. 

Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

Did you know you could save about $225 on your yearly energy bills just by switching to LED bulbs? Think about how many lighting fixtures you have in your home. That’s a lot of electricity in use daily. Now, think of how much you could save if all of these fixtures used energy-efficient light bulbs. 

LED bulbs labeled with the ENERGY STAR seal of approval have earned the right to be called energy-efficient. These safe and high-quality light bulbs can be found at your local hardware or department store. They use up to 90 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs and even last 25 percent longer.

Best of all, they don’t cost much more than a traditional light bulb. They even come in a variety of colors for mood lighting. With 40W, 60W, 75W, and 100W options, LED bulbs are a great way to cut down on your energy bill.

Light Bulbs to Avoid

If a light bulb doesn’t have the ENERGY STAR logo, it probably isn’t worth your money. Not only will this bulb eat away at your electricity, but it’ll die much sooner than an LED bulb. These are typically cheap, low-quality light bulbs that may not even produce much light. 

Incandescent and halogen light bulbs are the least energy-efficient choices on the market. Their high wattage may produce a bright light, but it’ll cost you much more on your energy bill. Additionally, because these bulbs fade quicker, you’ll be spending more to replace them. 

LED bulbs have such a good lifespan that they’re preferred for areas such as garages and basements, as they can be left unmaintained for years to come with proper use. You won’t get that kind of quality or longevity with bulbs not approved by ENERGY STAR. 

Trust in the Home Energy Professionals

When it comes to electricity, the electricians at Gulf Coast Electric know how to safely and effectively get the job done. Whether you’re looking for increased energy efficiency or system maintenance, we’re the ones to rely on. Contact us today!

Common Energy Eaters: 4 Appliances You Should Unplug

It’s easy to forget to unplug a phone charger in the morning as you scramble to make coffee, gather up your things and run out the door. However, simply unplugging a few household items can decrease the amount of money you spend on electricity every month due to “energy vampires” – appliances that continue to suck energy even when not in use. Keeping in mind a few household appliances to unplug every day will improve the efficiency of your home.

Laptop Chargers

Like phone chargers, laptop chargers are nearly in constant use. Many people leave their laptops plugged in when at home regardless of the charge level. This means that once a laptop reaches 100%, the charger is simply costing you money.

Toaster Oven

Unless a meal is being prepared, there is no reason to leave a toaster oven plugged into a wall outlet. Ovens and refrigerators use the most electricity in a kitchen but unplugging those is usually not a simple task. By unplugging smaller kitchen appliances, savings and energy efficiency will increase.

Gaming Systems

Most gaming systems come with a memory card. This means that they can be easily unplugged without the risk of losing any saved progress. Like computers and laptops, gaming systems use a greater amount of energy than other household items.

Hair Dryer

Perhaps an unexpected item on this list is the hair dryer. It uses approximately 12 cents per hour when plugged into an outlet. While this may seem trivial, think of the cost over multiple hours and days.
Saving energy and electricity costs only takes a few seconds every day. Taking an extra step after a morning cup of coffee or a Netflix binge to unplug will shave a few cents off the electric bill each time. With continuous practice, there’s no way these energy vampires will suck the money out of your wallet.

If you are noticing uncommonly high electrical bills you should contact a local electrician to inspect your home and determine if you are eligible for energy reducing systems. Gulf Coast Electic offers residential and commercial electrical services to the communities of Destin,  Panama City Beach, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and more.