Turn Off Lights To Lower Cooling Costs - Home Energy Savings For Energy Watchers

Turn Off Lights To Lower Cooling Costs

Why are you still using incandescent lightbulbs?

(Yeah, we're still using them, too. For some applications, incandescents are simply the best out of a list of bad choices.)

Here's the thing, though — all lightbulbs convert some percentage of their energy into heat. Incandescent and halogen lightbulbs convert 80% of their energy into heat, and this can have a serious effect on your cooling bills each summer. Your air conditioner has to work overtime to remove that extra heat from your house, so, if possible ,consider using compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. If CFLs are not appropriate to your lifestyle, then turn off the lights to keep your cooling costs low this summer.