How Illinois Residents Can Save Money on Energy-Efficient Lighting Upgrades

Tuesday February 14, 2012
Posted at 12:14

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If you live in Illinois and your electricity is delivered to your home by ComEd, you can get some really good deals on upgrading your lighting from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

ComEd is giving price breaks on ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL blubs at retail stores throughout the electric utility’s service area. The great thing about CFL bulbs is that they use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs while lasting about 10 times longer. According to ComEd, that means the average CFL replacement for a 100 watt incandescent bulb can save a homeowner up to $71 over the life of the bulb.

Just remember, when you’re shopping for CFL replacement bulbs, make sure you shop by lumens (a bulb’s brightness) instead of watts (the amount of energy used by a bulb), since there’s a big difference in the amount of watts incandescent and CFL bulbs use.

You don’t have to do anything to earn price breaks on CFLs because the utility is providing instant shelf discounts. But there is a 12-bulb limit and a 6-fixture limit per purchase per customer.

Sources

Commonwealth Edison Co., “Light Your Way to Energy Savings.”

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