Bulbs (CFLs, LEDs)
One of the easiest and best ways to save energy is to change out regular incandescent bulbs and replace them with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or LEDs. Lighting uses a great deal of energy—about 12 percent of residential energy consumption goes to lighting—and much of that energy is converted to wasted heat, not light. In traditional incandescent bulbs, which work by heating a filament until it becomes hot enough to emit light, only 10 percent of the energy output produces useful light. The good news is that a growing number of consumers are seeking more efficient Energy Star qualified fixtures and light bulbs to illuminate their homes, lower their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint. Platte-Clay carries a variety of LEDs to help members conserve energy and lower their bills. In addition to the energy savings, these bulbs last years, not months.