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Let’s Talk Lightbulbs: How to Save Money on Your Bills

Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:41 pm

At Plymouth Rock Assurance, we are always looking for ways to help customers save money on car insurance. That’s why we offer discounts for EFT, defensive driving courses, and much more. We also know that most people are looking at how to save money on their bills any way they can. With that in mind, let’s talk lightbulbs.

Most of you are aware that there is a great push to move away from incandescent bulbs to bulbs that are more environmentally friendly and efficient. These bulbs can help reduce your electric bills, but with so many options, it can be quite confusing in the lightbulb aisle of your local hardware superstore. Here are some quick points to help you sort it out.

Incandescent Bulbs:
These are the bulbs you grew up with. They come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, wattages, and colors. The wattage is printed right on the box, and it is the lightbulb that most people clearly understand still. The average incandescent bulb lasts 1,000 hours and costs about 50 cents. However, they are far less efficient than their new counterparts, and unless you can’t find an alternative, we suggest transitioning all your lights to bulbs that will save you money and last you longer.

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs):
A CFL bulb is a miniature version of a standard fluorescent bulb we are used to—you know, those long tubes in almost every office you ever worked in. They have been engineered to work in almost any light socket without an adapter. They have also been improved so the light is very much like incandescent bulbs we are used to. These bulbs have an average lifespan of about 10,000 hours and cost about $1.50 per bulb. However, unless indicated, CFLs do not work with three-way switches or dimmers.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs):
LEDs are the most energy efficient lights that are readily available right now. They work in a completely different way than the bulbs above by using semi-conductors to convert electricity into light. They use only 20% to 25% of the energy in a traditional incandescent bulb and last about 25 times longer. Although these bulbs can cost around $10 each, they do last for around 25,000 hours, and all LED bulbs are dimmable. They are great for directional lighting, but some consumers complain they do not give off enough “room light.”

Whatever you decide is best for your house, we highly recommend looking to the lightbulb to help reduce your energy costs, save you time, and save money when it comes to bulb replacement. Got some bright ideas for the Plymouth Rock Assurance team? Let us hear them below!

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