Your utility bill, that is.

And right now you can do it for free. That’s right–we’ll install up to 16 LED bulbs for free in your home! Learn more and sign up today for our Free Bulbs Program. 

Wrap your 2015 brain around this: incandescent light bulbs were invented by Thomas Edison in 1879. It seems like perhaps we should have made some progress since then… Well guess what? We have!

You can light your home with better quality light and use much less energy by switching from traditional light bulbs to LEDs. LEDs are extremely long lasting and energy efficient, using up to 85% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb. And one LED bulb can save up to $80 over its lifetime in energy costs.

While LEDs may cost more upfront, they have an extremely long life and superior energy efficiency, saving you energy and money for years to come. Plus, you can get instant discounts on qualifying LED bulbs from Energy Trust of Oregon at local retailers to make the switch more affordable. Start by switching the bulbs in your home that you use the most, or those that are on for the longest periods of time to get the biggest energy savings.

Light Bulb Shopping Tips

For a complete list of light bulb shopping tips and, visit the Energy Trust of Oregon website.

  1. Choose ENERGY STAR® bulbs. These bulbs have been tested for quality and performance.
  1. Look for Energy Trust signs. Participating retailers around Bend have placed signs next to qualifying products with discounted pricing.  
  2. Read the Lighting Facts Label. All bulbs have a Lighting Facts label that tells you what you need to know about the bulb: brightness, color tone and energy use.
  3. Choose a bulb based on lumens, not watts. Lumens tell you how bright a bulb is; the higher the number, the brighter the light. Watts only tell you how much power it uses.  A 12-watt LED, 15-watt CFL and 43-watt incandescent all provide 800 lumens, but use different amounts of energy.
  4. Not all LED bulbs are bright white! Bulbs range in color from soft and warm to bright white. Light appearance is measured in Kelvin. Lower Kelvin numbers, around 2,700K, have a soft, yellow light and are good for bedrooms and living rooms. Higher numbers around 5,000K have a bright, white light and are good for work areas and kitchens.
  5.  Compare energy use. LEDs provide the same brightness, or lumens, as traditional bulbs, but use much less energy.

The Energy Trust of Oregon has an interactive lighting wheel to help you pick the right Energy Star LED bulb for any fixture in your home. From pendant lighting to bathroom vanities, you can find the right shape and brightness to fit your needs.

lighting wheel