It’s the time of year again when everything starts getting warmer and everything that’s been building up indoors over the winter needs to be dusted off, stored away, and in some cases, recycled (or upcycled!). This year, while you’re getting ready for the spring and summer weather, it’s a good idea to also consider how you can make your home more energy efficient.
Whether it means cleaning window screens to allow airflow through your home, ensuring your A/C is ready to run efficiently during the summer, or going the extra mile and installing solar panels on your home, this is the perfect time of year to make energy efficiency a top priority.
One of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient year-round is to install energy efficient LED bulbs , like those provided by CREE (available at Home Depot). The best part about installing LED light bulbs in your home is that once you do it, you’re covered for around 20 years.
As a condo renter in Toronto, the apartment I recently moved into already had incandescent bulbs installed in all of the lighting fixtures. However, when one of them burned out, I took the opportunity to swap in a CREE low energy soft white LED bulb, which overall improved the lighting in the front hallway, and will overall help reduce my monthly energy costs.
In addition to the worry-free factor, CREE’s energy efficient LED light bulbs have a 10-year warranty and consume 84% less energy than a standard bulb, resulting an average savings of $139 over the lifetime of each bulb.
Despite all of the benefits of LED lighting, there’s still some public opinion that LED lighting is too bright, too harsh, or too unnatural to be used in a house. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, recent developments in LED technology result in CREE’s bulbs being able to provide lighting similar to that of natural light, or a soft glow.
To help our readers achieve greater energy efficiency around their homes, we’ve partnered with CREE to give one of our readers a package of LED light bulbs worth $70! Keep reading below to find out how to win: