Bright Ideas for Savings
Did you know that all of the lights in your home add up to about 20% of your monthly electricity bill? One of the easiest ways to lower your electricity use is to switch to energy-efficient lighting.
Lighting choices save you money. Light your home using the same amount of light for less money.
Ways to Save
- Get instant rebates on energy-efficient lighting at participating retailers.
- Download our Lighting Brochure.
- Attend our Lighting Fairs: SDG&E partners with TechniArt at community events to bring discounted LED lights and energy-saving products to you! Visit the calendar of events.
- Come to one of our Lighting Product Demonstrations: We hold these demonstrations at local retailers, such as Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardware, to show you the latest lighting technologies. These events give you an opportunity to "touch and feel" the products, and get answers to your questions about energy-efficient lighting solutions. Store staff can show you where to find discounted lighting products in the store, too.
- Before you buy new lighting, see if you qualify for the Energy Savings Assistance Program. Participants may receive new lighting and other energy-efficient appliances and services for free. For more information:
- To learn more about energy-efficient lighting and its proper recycling, download our lighting recycling fact sheet.
- Don’t forget to recycle your CFLs. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you take old CFLs in a sealed plastic bag to a local recycling center. Find CFL recycling locations near you.
- What’s the best LED choice for your home? The most common indoor applications for your home include table and floor lamps, recessed-can lighting, and ceiling and pendant fixtures. Luckily, there are a number of online resources, and even a free Light Bulb Finder iPhone and Android app that can help you determine the best lighting options for your use. Energy Star’s lighting page and the LUMEN Coalition’s interactive lighting tool provide user-friendly guidance for LED shoppers, and allow the user to experiment with dimming and color options.
- Take a look at the lighting facts labels on LED bulb packages. The label lists light output, lamp life, color appearance, and lamp wattage. LEDs use much less energy than incandescents and CFLs to produce light, so instead of selecting your bulb by wattage, you’ll choose it by its brightness, measured in lumens. For example, a 13-W LED will replace your 60-W incandescent bulb because both produce 800 lumens.