This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
Having an energy-efficient home is something that has always been really important to me.
I’m also a firm believer that making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be overly complicated or expensive. In fact, having an energy efficient home should save you more money in the long run.
That’s why I was so excited to partner with The Home Depot. I’ve done several projects over the years in an attempt to make our home more energy-friendly and efficient. I still had plans to update the light fixtures in our home, so this project came at just the right time.
In this post, I’ll be sharing some energy saving tips for you to implement in your home. I’ll also be highlighting the EcoSmart light bulbs. I recently installed these light bulbs as part of my latest home efficiency project.
Energy saving tips for your home
1- Replace Incandescent lights with LED lights
LED light bulbs use up much less energy and last longer than their incandescent counterparts. I recently swapped out the light bulbs in our main living areas using the EcoSmart light bulbs from The Home Depot.
the Home depot’s EcoSmart Light Bulbs
Home Depot EcoSmart Light bulbs are a cost-effective solution for homeowners looking to reduce their energy spending by installing energy efficient light bulbs.
The EcoSmart LED bulb costs less than most of its competitors and uses approximately 80% less energy than a 40 watt incandescent light bulb.
It’s a huge saving, not only in terms of energy reduction but also for the fact that you don’t have to keep replacing your light bulbs. These EcoSmart light bulbs can be expected to last for over 20 years.
I was really excited to try these out in our house, so I picked 3 different light bulbs for different rooms.
I tried the:
- 75-Watt Equivalent BR40 Dimmable Energy Star LED Light Bulb
- 60-Watt Equivalent G25 Dimmable ENERGY STAR Frosted Glass Filament Vintage Edison LED Light Bulb
- 100-Watt Equivalent A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb
75-Watt Equivalent BR40 Dimmable Energy Star LED Light Bulb
The EcoSmart Soft White LED BR40 is an indoor flood light bulb that is perfect for recessed cans or track light fixtures. This light bulb can be installed in the kitchen, living room, dining room, office, or bedroom. It only uses 12.5 Watts and lasts for more than 20 years. The soft white light is warm, cozy, and dimmable.
- Brightness: 945-Lumen
- Estimated yearly energy cost: $1.51 (based on 3-hours/day, 11/kWh, costs depend on rates and use)
- Life: 22.8-years (based on 3-hours/day)
- Light appearance: 2,700K (soft white)
- Energy used: 12.5-Watt (equivalent to a 75-Watt standard incandescent light bulb)
60-Watt Equivalent G25 Dimmable ENERGY STAR Frosted Glass Filament Vintage Edison LED Light Bulb
These bulbs are dimmable and have frosted glass on the exterior to provide 360° distribution of light.
The color temperature of this light bulb is Bright White (3000K). It uses only 5. 5-Watt of energy – that is a 91% savings over traditional lighting – and leads to huge savings on your energy bill every month.
- Brightness: 500 Lumens
- Estimated yearly energy cost: $0. 66 (based on 3-hours/day, $0. 11/kWh, costs depend on rates and use)
- Life: 13. 7-years (based on 3-hours/day)
- Light appearance: 3000K (bright white)
- Energy used: 5. 5-Watt (equivalent to a 60-Watt standard incandescent light bulb)
100-Watt Equivalent A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb
What makes this lightbulb unique is that it works well for both indoor and outdoor use.
It provides a warm and comfortable light, perfect for your living room, bedroom, kitchen or any place in your home where you would use a standard incandescent light bulb.
- Brightness: 1600-Lumens
- Estimated yearly energy cost: $1.8 (based on 3-hours/day, 11/kWh, the cost depends on rates and use)
- Life: 13-years (based on 3-hours/day)
- Light appearance: 3000K (bright white)
- Energy used: 15-Watt (equivalent to a 100-Watt standard incandescent light bulb)
My Experience Using EcoSmart LED Light Bulbs
I used the EcoSmart light bulbs to replace the recessed lights, pendant lights, and also the lights on our fan. Most of the bulbs come in 3 color temperatures. I chose to use bright white light which is the middle option.
Overall, they all turned out great. I absolutely love the fact that they are great quality products at an affordable price.
My shopping experience was also a breeze. I have been using the BOPIS (buy online pickup in-store) option over the last year but decided to go into the store this time since I was replacing a light fixture too.
Shopping in-store is made easy. You can ask one of the friendly associates for help or you can use the amazing app to find the exact location of your product with a quick search in the store of your choosing.
The whole process of finding the light bulbs, purchasing and replacing them was really simple and straightforward. I look forward to having them last for a really long time.
Replacing incandescent lights with LED lights is just one of the ways that you can make your home more eco-friendly and energy efficient.
Here are some other really simple ways that you can make your home energy efficient.
2- Unplug your devices when you are not using them
It goes without saying but unplugging your devices when they are not in use results in reduced energy consumption. It is also advised that you consider unplugging your device when the battery is fully charged as the charger continues to draw power even when the device is fully charged.
3- Seal and Insulate Your Home
A tightly sealed home can improve indoor air quality while also reducing your energy spending.
Tiny gaps and crevices around your windows and doors may not seem like a big deal, but they can cause you to lose previously cooled air in the summer and warm air during the winter months.
It also allows outside air to find its way into the home, making it more difficult to reach your desired temperature inside the home.
You can save as much as 10% on utility bills by simply sealing leaks and gaps in your home.
4- Do full loads of laundry and dishes
Waiting until you have a full load of laundry or dishes is advised because you can save on energy usage. Also, if you can air-dry your clothes on a rack, you should do that whenever possible.
5- Clean large appliances often
The vent in the clothes dryer can often get clogged with dust. When this happens, it forces the dryer motor to work harder- more energy is consumed. To help with this, you should clean these ducts often.
What are some other ways you conserve energy use in your home?