40 and 60 watt bulbs — gone the way of the dinosaur

After changing very little since the time of Thomas Edison, the common 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs are now illegal for manufacture  in the U.S..

Did you know?:  As of January 1st, 2014, the Federal government has placed a moratorium on the manufacture or import of most incandescent bulbs.

Why?:  90% of an incandescent bulbs energy is wasted as heat, not light. Think of them as good little heaters that just happen to give off a small amount of light.

Did you know?:  Certain types of newer bulbs, such as LED and Ceramic Metal Halide, can save up to 80% of the energy used in comparable incandescents.

Why?:  The bulk of energy powering this new technology goes to providing light, not heat.

Did you know?:  At an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours, you may need to include the new bulbs in your will!

Why?:  If you put a 50,000 hour bulb in your lamp and run it 4 hours a day, 7 days a week, you won’t need to replace it for over 34 years!

Fun facts all, but what’s the bottom line you ask? Most of us should consider the savings and improvement in quality of light that the new technology offers. When the first CFL’s (you know, the squiggly tubes) came out a few years ago, many people ran out and bought them only to be disappointed with the quality of light. They were too bright, too white, and had a terrible glare. Not so with todays offerings. You can enjoy the ambience you want and still realize big savings. The City and County of Denver offers a no-cost energy advisor’s program for residential customers to inform you as to how you can save on lighting and other energy efficiencies.

If you’re a business owner, the savings can be even greater. Commercial applications of the new bulbs and technology yield large energy and cost reductions,  often saving thousands of dollars for businesses, non-profits, schools and churches. Xcel Energy is now offering great rebates and incentives to help defray the costs involved with an energy efficient upgrade project. Plus, Xcel Energy recently affiliated with TIP Capital to offer financing for energy saving projects.

To find out more about the commercial energy savings opportunities, contact Progressive Energy Solutions, a local Colorado company that has worked closely with Xcel on these types of projects for years. They will conduct a no-cost energy audit to propose the best and most cost efficient upgrades to your facility.  You can reach Progressive Energy Solutions at 303-916-6433 for more information. Cut your costs while Going Green!

  posted: January 9, 2014 - Progressive Energy Solutions - Denver Lighting - Blog
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