Over the past decade or so homeowners have been renovating their homes and installing new features to make houses more environmentally friendly. Some of these fixes and updates, like green roofs or recycled water systems, are costly. “People are always looking for ways to save money when buying things to [improve] their homes…the small changes in your home are what can end up saving you a lot of money,” said Meron Ferenju, an employee at The Home Depot in Seven Corners.
1. CFL & LED Light Bulbs Incandescent light bulbs are the standard and, even though there have been alternatives for over a decade now, people use them because they’re cheaper upfront than compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and LED bulbs. But Larry Gutierrez, an employee at Brown’s Hardware in the City of Falls Church, says that the alternatives, CFL and LED light bulbs, are higher quality and cost less in the long run than incandescent bulbs.
Gutierrez has tried all three in his home and prefers the CFL and LED. “[LED lights] are expensive, but supposedly, they’re going to pay for themselves,” Gutierrez said. The CFL light bulbs (swirl like bulbs) can perform as well as incandescent while using less energy and have the ability to last up to nine years with three hours or less of constant use every day. Although, if you’re always in and out of the house, CFL lights have a tendency to burn out quicker if they are frequently turned off and on. LED lights, however, can handle that type of usage. Compared to incandescent bulbs, CFLs and LEDs produce 75% less heat and 85% less heat, respectively. This is good for the environment as it conserves energy with the added bonus of saving you money.
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