One of the simplest ways you can start saving on energy costs today is to make sure your home has efficient lighting! LEDs are now a cost competitive way to save energy, in many cases providing payback on the cost of the bulb in under one year. Homeowners can expect to save up to 80% on the portion of their electric bill dedicated to lighting by switching to LEDs.
An incandescent bulb may be the cheapest to buy up front, but the overall cost of purchasing and powering the bulb will be far higher than an LED bulb. LEDs last up to ten times longer and over the service life of an LED, savings can exceed $50 per bulb!
How to save with LED lighting
- Purchase only ENERGY STAR® qualified LED bulbs and light fixtures.
- Replace older style incandescent and halogen incandescent bulbs with LEDs.
- Replace outdoor incandescent wall and flood lights with LEDs, they come on instantly and are just as bright.
- Replace incandescent night lights with LED night lights, they’ll save you money and won’t get hot to the touch.
- If you have compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) in your home or garage, continue using them until the end of their service life and then replace them with LEDs.*
- Make the switch from traditional holiday light strings to LED light strings for even bigger savings.
* Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs and fluorescent tubes) contain small amounts of mercury and should be handled with care. Please remember to dispose of your old CFL bulbs in a responsible manner by taking them to your nearest Waste Watch drop-off centre.
How to choose replacement LED bulbs
Today’s LEDs are just as bright as your old incandescent bulbs and come in a range of colour temperatures to suit any mood or décor. Just remember if you’re replacing a 60W incandescent bulb, look for a “60W replacement” LED bulb. Read our guide, Choosing a Replacement for the Standard Incandescent Light Bulb [PDF-432 KB] for more information and tips on choosing the right LEDs for your home!