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Climate for Action: Save Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Some Cash by Switching Your Light Bulbs

2009 July 14

Do you have ENEGRY STAR light bulbs in your home? ENERGY STAR light bulbs are light bulbs that conserve energy and wear a label that says ENERGY STAR on them. Compared to an incandescent light bulb, an ENERGY STAR light bulb uses up to 75% less energy. These light bulbs conserve energy and therefore reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use. In fact, by replacing just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR light bulb you can save 400 pounds of greenhouse gases from entering into the atmosphere! So, let’s make an impact by using ENERGY STAR light bulbs in our homes, not only will we be helping the environment, but these light bulbs will also save our families some money. Some ENERGY STAR light bulbs last ten times longer than incandescent light bulbs and will save $30 over the course of their lifetimes. Therefore, by using ENERGY STAR light bulbs, we are able to save energy, greenhouse gas emissions from entering into the atmosphere and some cash! Encourage your friends and family to use ENERGY STAR light bulbs so that they can also be a part of these savings. Let them know that by acting together we can make a difference. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if every American replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR light bulb, we would save enough energy to light three million homes for a year, we would save more than $600 million in energy costs in a year, and we would reduce greenhouse gases emissions equivalent to taking 800,000 cars off the road. Who knew that such a simple task like replacing a light bulb could make such a difference! Become a climate ambassador in your community and take the ENERGY STAR pledge today! . Do you have any products in your home that help conserve energy? If so what are they and how do they help benefit our environment?

About the author: Michelle Gugger graduated from Rutgers University in 2008. She is currently spending a year of service at EPA’s Region 3 Office in Philadelphia, PA as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

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  1. Ambrosia B permalink
    July 14, 2009

    I have solar garden lights and a little solar panel that I use to charge AA Batteries.

  2. Michelle permalink
    July 15, 2009

    I think that’s so awesome. Finding renewable energy sources are even better than using energy conserving products.

  3. Todd C permalink
    July 17, 2009

    Lighting is approximately 8.8% of residential electricity use (DOE 2001, Residential energy use is approximately 33% of total electricity production (, so residential lighting is approximately 8.8×33=2.9% of US production. Changing every lightbulb in the US to CFL will reduce residential lighting to 0.7% of US production…

    First, I don’t see the utilities significantly changing production based upon a drop of 2.2%, especially as I expect other uses will more than consume that “savings”. Second, if we factor in the actual use of fossil fuels to generate electricity in the US, the “emissions savings” becomes even smaller.

    Overall, if everyone on the Titanic had a bucket and bailed as though their lives depended on it, do you think the ship would have sunk?

  4. Peter Banwell, EPA permalink
    July 17, 2009


    at Energy Star we believe that while each action may seem small the collective action of individuals can have a significant impact. In 2007 our programs, including CFL lighting, reduced energy bills by 16 billion dollars and cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 42 million metric tons.

  5. Johnny R. permalink
    July 18, 2009

    Did you know lightbulbs can be made to last 10 years? But If corporations did that they’d only have to produce one lot every ten years. That’s why they’re happy the population keeps on growing so there will always be plenty of new customers, even if lightbulbs do last longer, the mountains of garbage will keep on growing and spreading right along with the “healthy” growing economy ( ! )

    “A growing economy on a shrinking planet has no future.”
    (from “If Saving the Earth”

  6. Aniket Patil permalink
    July 19, 2009

    Hello everyone,
    This is a fantastic opportunity to explore ways to save this world and more specifically exchange our idealisms. According to me not only is using non-renewble source of energy like solar, wind, geothermal is very useful to save our mother earth but also creating an awareness amongst people to do so will give our spirits a boost to use these alternatives. In Maharahtra – India [the place where I live] Municipal Corporations have made it mandatory for setting up solar water heating systems for residential areas I personally think if in such ways if governments take initiative in this direction we will certainly overcome various problems which we face in our day to day lives e.g. increasing prices of fuels, delayed rains, extreme heat, etc.
    Thank you for this golden opportunity. We with the aid of this sort of blogs will certainly change way of thinking of people and secure the future of not only ours but also of upcoming generations and our earth.

  7. seo company permalink
    July 22, 2009

    Great article.

  8. Carl Storhmeyer permalink
    July 26, 2009

    These same power compact used in Energy Star lighting are now found as SHO (Super High Output) and these SHO in 6400 Kelvin lamps are now being widely used for Green House applications and planted aquariums due to their high plant growth potential, all the while using much less electricity.
    These lights along with LED are better lighting choices for high lighting needs over traditional high wattage consuming lights


  9. James permalink
    September 25, 2009

    Energy efficient light bulbs are the easiest first step consumers and businesses can take towards reducing their energy consumption. Products have gotten light years better in the past few years and, in my eyes, indisputably better for 99% of applications. Both CFL and LED light bulbs run much cooler than incandescent bulbs, use energy much more efficiently, and do offer saving on your electricity bill. I am a vendor of energy efficient bulbs, so perhaps I am a bit biased, but I don’t know why everyone doesn’t switch today.

  10. James Parker permalink
    November 22, 2009

    Everyone should use Energy Efficient Bulbs and make an effort to get the enviornmental issue across.

  11. Houston Lighting and Light Bulbs permalink
    November 24, 2009

    Now iam also going to use ENERGY STAR light bulbs in my home.

  12. Earle permalink
    December 18, 2009

    LED’s is a even better alternative to the Energy star bulbs and LED’s use up to 90% less energy that regular bulbs. and if you want to go even further (do more, save more) why not go solar. It not as costly as you might think. Using Outdoor Solar Lights like e.g. Solar Deck Lights is an effective way to reduce utility cost while using a gateway solution to ease yourself into the of solar energy solution. Try it, and to learn more visit

  13. Matildo Maratas permalink
    September 1, 2010

    Hi! do all appliances who have energy star icons are energy saver too? I noticed it on pc, television and fridge

  14. Kristine permalink
    September 16, 2010

    Yes I think that using energy saving light bulbs as well as energy efficient house appliances will and do make a difference as well as your energy supplier where you are getting your gas and electric from.
    I use in uk this ethical energy supplier who carers a lot for environment provides cost effective energy for the households in UK

  15. Adam Maher permalink
    September 17, 2010

    Well, energy efficient (Energy Star) light bulbs have tonnes of benefits over the regular filament bulbs. I mean for example they last up to 10 times longer, they use 20% of the electrical energy, emit bright white light (instead of a yellow one) and they dont waste so much energy as heat. You can save about $10-20 everytime you have to pay a power bill just by replacing the lights in your home with energy efficient ones…

  16. David Webb permalink
    September 17, 2010

    Energy saving light bulbs last 10 times longer than the regular filament bulbs and they give off bright white light instead of a yellowish one. They are more intense, waste less energy as heat, and making a switch from regular filament bulbs to energy saving ones can potentially save you $10-15 every bill statement.

    I dont see why energy efficient light bulbs arent being used in every home. It’s great to know that filament light bulbs will be banned worldwide by 2014! no more energy wasting bulbs!

  17. Dan Kelley permalink
    September 18, 2010

    Several months ago I was searching for LED Light bulbs online and was disappointed to see how high their prices were, but recently I built a site for an LED light bulb vendor. and was quite amazed at how the prices have really started to come down. Personally I love saving energy and I hate changing light bulbs… so LEDs are right up my alley. :)

  18. light permalink
    September 18, 2010

    Yes, I agree that LED’s is an even better alternative to the Energy star bulbs. But what about the use of Solar powered lights, or Solar Spot Lights. If your not using electricity at all then it’s safe to say it’s worth talking about.

  19. lighting permalink
    October 18, 2010

    Found your site on google today and really liked it… I bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later.

  20. Pendant Lighting permalink
    October 19, 2010

    The green movement leading to a more eco-friendly future is within our grasp if only we could change our bulbs with energy efficient Pendant Lighting

  21. amanation permalink
    November 1, 2010

    This blog describes that Energy Star light bulbs are which absorb less energy comparatively Compared to an incandescent light bulb, an ENERGY STAR light bulb uses up to 75% less energy and saves environment. This blog is energetic.

  22. amanation permalink
    November 10, 2010

    Electricity supply is big problem in the whole world ,the methods shown in blogs are really useful but along with these we should try our self to reduce the power consumption because saving in electricity will save our nation from power crisis.I have an product called amanation which is approved by America government which helps the people to save electricity.

  23. Vendy permalink
    March 14, 2011

    Electricity is a major problems now, without it we can do nothings. Its better using led solar lighting, not only for home but also for other place such as garden and patio.
    Learn what are the benefits of led solar lights

  24. outdoor solar lights permalink
    May 19, 2011

    These same power used in compact lighting Energy Star is now found that SHO (Super High Output), and the SHO in 6400 Kelvin lamps are now widely used for applications for greenhouse and planted aquariums because of their potential higher plant growth, while using much less power.

  25. permalink
    May 23, 2011

    LED light bulbs can save energy 50%-80%, Green Lighting, Low-carbon Life, Energy-saving Emission Reduction.

  26. led tube permalink
    July 9, 2011

    Hey, you guys know about led tubes? Back to severals years ago, nobody head about led tubes, but today, after just about 3 or 4 years, led tubes have been a very hot product that are even available on in the supermarket. led tubes are still very expensive, but the prices are dropping down dramatically these years, so it can be predicted they will become more and more popular in the near future.

  27. Jay Walker permalink
    July 18, 2011

    Before I started my own business I didn’t think something like finding light bulbs would be important. However, now with rising energy costs I did my homework and shopped around and found that Halogen Light Bulbs provides a great selection. I’d definitely recommend this site to find the right bulbs.

  28. energy saver permalink
    April 17, 2012

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    December 23, 2012

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  30. Donna Clinton permalink
    June 5, 2013

    Thank you for your post, I am always looking for ways to save money and energy, but my main goal is thinking of ways to help our environment and the future of my children and grandchildren. If each individual would do just one thing to help the environment we would be on our way to a better future. We have done many things in our home to help save energy and the environment (installed a energy efficient heat/air unit, energy efficient washer/dryer) we also recycle. We have also changed out our old electrical and gas outdoor lights and replaced them with solar lights.

  31. Daryl St. permalink
    March 13, 2015

    Hi Michelle,

    I know the article is outdated but I have a question. So when buying LED bulbs it is important to watch after the Energy Star label? I would say that 90% of product not have the Energy Star label attached but still contribute a lot to saving energy. I want to buy a set of bulbs ( but it has not Energy Star attached. So what is exactly the difference of bulbs with Energy Star attached and the ones without?



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