These eco-alternatives will not only help you save more energy, but they may also slash your utility bills.
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From reducing your single-use plastic to cutting back on food waste, there are many simple ways to practice sustainable living. One of the easiest swaps you can make today is switching to energy-efficient light bulbs. Not only can these eco-alternatives minimize your home's energy consumption, but they can also help cut your annual energy costs. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing your home's five most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR-approved alternatives can save you an average of $45 a year. Most energy-efficient bulbs will also last a lot longer than your traditional incandescents, which saves you a trip to the store buy replacements.
Before making the switch, there are a few things to know about eco-friendly bulbs. First, there are three main types: halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Each of these lighting options has its own pros and cons and will factor into your decision based on your individual needs and preferences.
For example, halogen incandescents, which use about a quarter less energy than conventional incandescents and are fully dimmable, don't often last as long as LEDs. CFLs, on the other hand, use just one-third the energy of a halogen incandescent and come in hues from warm yellows to bright whites. However, they do contain small amounts of mercury and should not be disposed of with the rest of your household trash (consult your local houseware retailers for proper disposal programs). Read on to learn more about these and other eco-friendly lighting options for your home.
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Sylvania LED A19 12-Pack
With a total lifespan of up to 11,000 hours, this 12-pack of LED bulbs is available in both a daylight hue and a soft white. Each bulb makes for a great energy-saving alternative to any 60-watt incandescent in your home.
Sylvania "LED A19 12-Pack," $20.90, amazon.com
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Philips Dimmable LED
Using up to 80 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs, these 60-watt equivalents emit a warm glow indoors or out that you can customize with a dimmer. Plus, their globe shape and visible filaments add a charming vintage aesthetic.
Philips Dimmable LED, $11.97 for 2-pack, homedepot.com
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GE Lighting Clear A19 Halogen Light
Using only 43 watts, these efficient bulbs will last about a year (if not more, depending on daily usage), which helps save you money and time from swapping in replacements.
GE "Lighting Clear A19 Halogen Light," $15.25 for 6-pack, amazon.com
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EcoSmart B11 Glass Filament Dimmable LED Bulb 6-pack
Swap out your traditional incandescents for these stylish energy-saving LEDs. Using only 4.5 watts of energy—that’s up to 92 percent less than conventional bulbs—they also come with a three-year warranty.
EcoSmart "B11 Glass Filament Dimmable LED Bulb 6-pack," $19.35, walmart.com
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These mercury-free, 10.5-watt LEDs are great for general use anywhere in your home. A single one will last you nearly 13 years! Each offers a soft, warm light and can also be attached to dimmers.
GE "HD Relax LED General Purpose Bulb," $5.99 for 2-pack, target.com
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Philips MR16 Dimmable LED Light Bulb
Ideal for outdoor fixtures, landscape lighting, or indoor accent lights, these white light bulbs are also dimmable and make for great replacements to halogen spot lights.
Philips "MR16 Dimmable LED Light Bulb," $8.97 each, homedepot.com
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Sunco 10-Pack LED Dimmable Globe
Recommended for areas where bright light is especially needed, such as vanities and pendant lights, these Energy-Star bulbs are also dimmable so you can customize your light fixtures according to your room's needs. Plus, they use only 6 watts of power so you'll save big on your energy bills.
Sunco "10-Pack LED Dimmable Globe," $29.99, walmart.com
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Philips LED Non-Dimmable A19 Frosted Light Bulbs
Stock up on bulbs for, well, a while with this economy pack from Philips. Each bulb uses 80 percent less energy than a conventional 60-watt incandescent, plus a single bulb will provide over 10,000 hours of light (depending on daily use), emitting a daylight glow, perfect for brightening up larger spaces.
Philips "LED Non-Dimmable A19 Frosted Light Bulb," $29.99 for 16-pack, amazon.com
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Philips Energy Saver Compact Fluorescent Twister A19 Light Bulb
Lasting nearly 13 times longer than traditional incandescents, these soft white bulbs also have a built-in sensor that turns light on when the sun sets and back off when the sun rises.
Philips "Energy Saver Compact Fluorescent Twister A19 Light Bulb," $9.97, amazon.com
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