PORTLAND - Daylight Saving time is over, and that means we'll be flipping on those lights a lot earlier every night. But more light doesn't have to mean higher power bills.
According to Energy Trust of Oregon, lighting accounts for about 20 percent of a home's electricity use. But by switching out some of your incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, it says you can significantly cut your power bill.
“Compared to the traditional incandescent bulbs, CFLs today have advanced so far technologically you can save about 75 percent on both energy and of course your electricity bill by installing one bulb,” said Eric Wilson, senior project manager for Energy Trust of Oregon.
Wilson has shopping tips for anyone wanting to buy energy efficient lighting:
1. Check the lighting facts label. It's kind of like a nutritional label for lights. It will tell you how long the bulb will last and how much it will cost you every year. 2. Look for lumens not watts when it comes to the brightness of a bulb. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the light. 3. Choose lighting with the ENERGY STAR label.
Energy Trust of Oregon has teamed up with several stores across the state to offer discounts on those energy efficient light bulbs.