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Oct 17 2016

Bright ideas for energy-efficient homes

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Energy efficient bulbs will save you power and money in the long run. On average, you can save approximately $100 over the lifetime of just one bulb! Check out your options and start saving.

Canada’s national standard on energy efficient lighting came into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. For more information on the changes, visit the Government of Canada website .

A chart on the cost of using different bulbs


  • Estimate based on 15,000 hours (approx. 15 years) of lighting

Choosing the Right Bulb

There’s an energy efficient option for all light fixtures — and you don’t have to sacrifice a clean look to make the switch. Energy efficient lighting comes in all different shapes and sizes (the bulbs don’t all have a coil design).  Look for the ENERGY STAR logo. When shopping for lighting, especially specialty bulbs, ask a salesperson to help you find what you need.

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    LED (light emitting diode) bulbs are more efficient, use 80 per cent less electricity and last up to 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs. They can last up to 15 years depending on the quality of the diode and the application.

    LED bulbs are more expensive than CFL options, but they are more durable and don’t contain mercury. If you’re going to be using the bulb with a dimmer you’ll need to ensure you purchase a dimmable LED. You will also need to look to see if the bulb can be used in an enclosed fixture, because when heat builds up inside the fixture it can change the performance and light colour and even shorten the life of some bulbs.


    CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs use up to 75 per cent less electricity than incandescent light bulbs and last up to 6 times longer. Health Canada has done testing to address health concerns related to CFLs. Learn more about CFL safety.


Don’t know where to start?

  • Replace your high use bulbs first.
  • Hard to reach bulbs are another good place to start; get these replaced first and save yourself the stress later!

Seasonal LEDs

Seasonal LEDs use up to 80 per cent less power than comparable incandescent strings, last longer and don’t generate heat. Using 140 SLEDs costs only pennies, whereas the same amount of 7w bulbs costs approximately $20/year.

Cost of powering your seasonal lighting strings per year
Regular incandescent $2.60 (per string)
Mini-incandescent $1.05 (per string)
SLED (seasonal LED) Regular $0.15 (per string)
SLED (seasonal LED) Mini $0.11 (per string)

Seasonal LEDs are also more durable and shock-resistant — they can last up to 10 times longer than old incandescent lights. Think of the time and money you will save not having to replace your seasonal lights as often!

Be sure to check the package to make sure you pick the right strings — some LED strings are rated for indoor use only.

Source: For more energy saving tips visit SaskPower

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