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ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL'S) provide bright, warm light but use about 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb while providing the same amount of light, and last up to 10 times longer. This means you won't be buying or changing bulbs nearly as often and you will be saving money and energy. As an added benefit, compact fluorescent bulbs produce about 75% less heat. Incandescent light bulbs use only about 10% of the energy they consume to produce light; the other 90% is given off as heat, which means compact fluorescent bulbs are safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
To save the most energy and money, replace the incandescent light bulbs in your most used fixtures with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. By replacing bulbs in the home's most frequently used light fixtures, it can save over $35.00 over the bulb's lifetime and save 2000 times the bulbs weight in greenhouse gases. The five highest use areas in a home typically are the kitchen, living or family room, kid's room and the outdoor porch or post lamp. Replacing incandescent bulbs right away with compact fluorescent bulbs, rather than waiting until they burn out, is beneficial because you can begin to enjoy the energy savings right away. Incandescent bulbs can be saved for the fixtures where CFL's are less suitable (like in a closet where the light would only be on for a few minutes at a time, or for a dimmable fixture if there is no dimmable CFL).
CFL's provide the most savings in applications where the light is on for at least two hours a day. Switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs is an effective, accessible change every American can make right now to reduce energy use at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of the average home's electric bill. Changing to CFL's costs little upfront and provides a quick return on investment. If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a CFL, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 800,000 cars annually.
Much attention has been given to the energy savings compact fluorescent bulb. Rightfully so, after all what could be easier than screwing an incandescent bulb out and a compact fluorescent bulb in for savings? What many miss including the media of late, is that replacing your 2.5 gallon per minute or higher flow showerhead with a new more water and energy efficient showerhead will actually provide equal or more savings. In many cases, changing a showerhead is no more complex or time consuming than replacing a bulb. Water saving showerheads, unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, are not limited to a 10,000 hour life span, which means when your spent bulb is in the recycling bin, your showerhead will still be powering on. Next time you're thinking energy saving compact fluorescent bulb, don't forget the new low flow showerhead, or the new water efficient faucet aerator for more savings. Do more to save more, and remember: A world without enough conservation won't be any fun.
Showerheads and Faucet Aerators reduce the volume of water used from kitchen and bathrooms faucets and saves hot water which in turn saves energy. Using less hot water puts less demand on your water heater allowing the water heater to cycle on less often. It's not uncommon for those who have switched to water efficient showerheads and faucet aerators to find themselves with more available hot water. When this happens water heating costs can be reduced further by simply lowering the thermostat setting on your water heater. For each 10ºF reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3%-5% in energy costs since approximately 73% of the water used in showering alone is hot water. Inexpensive and simple-to-install, water efficient showerheads and faucet aerators can reduce water consumption and water heating costs by as much as 50%. The Federal Energy Policy Act of 1992 requires that all faucet fixtures sold in the United States restrict maximum water flow at or below 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at 80 pounds per square inch (psi).
Showerheads: Non-conserving showerheads can use up to 10 gallons of water per minute while showerheads compliant with the Federal Energy Policy Act of 1992 are designed to flow at 2.5 gpm. New water efficient showerheads on this web site are available in three popular selling flow rates 2.0, 1.75 and the new 1.5 gpm. To slow the flow for added savings consider a showerhead with a pause feature or soap up valve that reduces flow when you are lathering up or shampooing your hair. This feature can be found on our Spoiler Showerhead with soap up valve, Spoiler Two handheld Showerhead and on select Atomizing showerheads. In fact, it is almost easier if the water is not running consuming up to 40 gallons of water for a single five-minute shower. According to one shower study, Americans claim to spend approximately eight minutes per shower. Teen bloggers claim to spend on average a whopping 22 minutes in the shower (as if we didn't know). To take shorter showers, use a shower timer and try to keep your shower limited to five minutes. Sometimes just being aware of how long you have been in the shower will help you keep your shower time shorter.
Faucet Aerators: If an aerator is already installed on the faucet, it may have its flow rate imprinted on the side. This should read 2.75 gpm or lower. If the flow rate is higher or there is no rate of flow marking, the aerator should be replaced. If no aerator is installed, check to see if there are threads just inside the tip of the faucet. Unrestricted kitchen and bathroom water faucets can flow at a rate of 7 to 10 gallons of water per minute (gpm). This means that a single round of washing dishes may consume up to 120 gallons of water most of which will be hot water. Home or business owners wanting the highest efficiency and savings should select a bathroom aerator with a flow rate of 1.0 gallons per minute. Home owners wanting additional savings can select a faucet aerator with a volume control lever that reduces water flow with the flip of a finger. We offer water saving faucet aerators with the volume control lever and several popular flow rates.