|Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy|
COLUMBUS – Throughout the month of October, the Public Utilities Commission of
Ohio (PUCO) and Ohio Development
Services Agency are providing tips on reducing energy costs as well as
information on energy assistance programs to increase awareness of energy efficiency
during Energy Awareness Month.
During Energy Awareness Month, Ohioans are encouraged to review how they use energy
in their homes and
accounts for about 15 percent of the average home’s
electric bill. Incandescent light bulbs waste
about 90 percent of the
electricity used to power them, with only 10 percent of the
energy going to produce light, and the
rest burning off as heat.
The table below shows how using compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or light-emitting diodes (LED) bulbs can be more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs and save consumers money.
Cost Comparison of 75
Watt Light Bulbs
LED CFL INCANDESCENT
Watts 14 19 75
1,100 1,200 1,055
Cost per Bulb $23.00 $2.50 $0.62
* As of January 1, 2013, 75 watt bulbs are no longer being manufactured
** Based on 3 hours/day usage
- Hold the base and not the glass to screw in the bulb.
- Read the packaging to see where each bulb should be used. Not all ENERGY STAR® qualified CFLs are designed to work in every socket.
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs where the light will be on for at least 15 minutes at a time. Frequently turning a CFL on and off shortens the bulb’s lifetime.
- Most photocells, motion sensors, and electronic timers are not designed to work with CFLs. Check with the manufacturer for compatibility.
There’s a small amount of mercury in every CFL (.4 mg to 4mg). By comparison, mercury thermometers contain about 500 mg of mercury. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact (not broken) or in use; if a CFL breaks in your home, follow the clean up recommendations of the US EPA, and properly dispose of them when broken or burned out.
Ohioans needing assistance in managing their energy costs can visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to learn more about programs that are available. More information on energy conservation tips can also be found on the PUCO’s website, www.PUCO.ohio.gov or by calling 1-800-686-PUCO (7826).