Did you know that a home's lighting accounts for 15 percent of every home's energy use? This is the reason why one of the best things to do in reducing energy consumption is by switching to energy efficient light bulbs. Studies have suggested that using CFLs or compact fluorescent lamps can lower a home's energy use by up to 50 percent. If you would like to save money on electricity, you should replacing standard lamps with energy saving light bulbs at home.
Before you are able to do that, you should first be able to determine which light bulbs you need to replace at home. Most homes use Tungsten Incadescent light bulbs which convert 90 percent of energy into heat instead of light. Because energy saving light bulbs can be quite expensive, you may want to replace a few of it and find out if it suits you. The intensity of the light it gives off may be different than what you have been used to so it is advisable that you try using it first in one part of your home. If your budget will allow you to replace all your light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps though, there is no reason why you should hesitate in doing so.
You should also know what type of light bulb to get. There are basically three types - halogen, compact fluorescent and incandescent. The first two types are much more energy efficient than the last. However, each one uses different amounts of energy so determine how long you will be using it at home. If you are not familiar with it, you can ask sales people about it or do a quick research online.
There are some brands of energy efficient light bulbs which are labeled as 'long-lasting.' While a lot of people will be attracted to this, keep in mind that it does not mean it will consume less energy. It will probably last longer than a regular incandescent life but it will use more energy if only to produce the same amount of light.
Energy saving light bulbs are more expensive than regular lamps and this is one of the reasons why some people are still hesitant to use it at home. However, it will be worth it to spend extra for it as you will be able to use it longer and it also has the ability to efficiently reduce your energy consumption.