As Utah and Reno Nevada’s top-rated solar installer, Go Solar Group doesn’t just care about selling solar panels. We also want every home to be energy efficient, and that means a change in the way we purchase, use, and manage our light bulbs.
If Nevada and Utah want to stay abreast of what’s happening, they must take note of the changes being made to national regulations, which suggest a switch to LED lights is a good idea.
National Light Bulb Regulations Changing
In 2007 the federal government enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act. This law requires light bulbs sold in America to become three times as efficient by 2020.
The Washington Post stated that California decided to start making a change on New Year’s Day. California retailers are now going through the process of getting rid of their incandescent light bulbs. After these bulbs have been sold, they will only sell bulbs that meet the new national standard.
This law isn’t requiring people to get rid of their current bulbs to meet this standard. As your bulbs die out, however, you will only have the option to acquire bulbs that are energy saving.
The change to energy conservation is a step in the right direction. As we get close to 2020, more states will start their push toward light efficiency as well.
Taking the steps to switch now before this change is nationwide may be to your advantage. This is because incandescent bulbs actually cost you quite a bit more in the long run, although they are currently more abundant in supply in big box retailers.
Nevada and Utah Can Save Money By Acquiring Approved Lighting
At a first glance, getting an LED bulb is more money. An incandescent costs on average about 1$ vs 4$ spent on a LED bulb. When you look at the efficiency and durability of an LED, there really isn’t any comparison.
Incandescent bulbs use 60 watts of power and last for about 1,200 hours. LED lights use 7 watts of power and last for 25,000 hours.
One LED bulb is equivalent to 21 incandescent bulbs. This means that over the course of 20 years you would be spending $21 for one incandescent light fixture or $4 for an LED.
The Washington Post stated that even though LED bulbs initially cost more, they pay for themselves in just a couple of months. Getting an energy efficient light dramatically decreases how much you are spending every month for electricity.
The Washington Post set up a scenario with an average home with 40 bulbs turned on for 5 hours a day. In this example, they found that $600 a year would be saved on the electric bill.
There are more light options then just LEDs. viribright has some very helpful charts that put the difference between LED, CFL, and Incandescent bulbs into perspective.
LED Lighting Options: Color, Shape, Dimming, and Quality
LED lights used to only come in a blinding white light. Although more efficient, these lights didn’t compare to the warm glow of an incandescent.
Many continue to buy incandescent bulbs regardless of the amount they would have been saving. This is because incandescents have a better ambience, come in a variety of shapes, and are initially cheaper.
Today, however, there is a plethora of options within the LED variety. These include differences between: color, shape, dimming, and quality. If style and nuance of ambiance is your thing, the following section will be of especial use to you.
There are now LEDs that come in a variety of different colors. If you look at the box of the bulb, it will now say if it is a soft white, warm white, or bright white.
LED bulbs now also have quite the range in functionality. LEDs are now also found for spotlights, chandeliers, and Christmas lights.
Early LEDs were unable to be dimmed. This meant that your options were either an excruciating headache or reverting to caveman-esque darkness. Now there are many LED bulbs that are dimmable, which allows you to control the brightness of your living space.
The quality of LED you choose can make a world of difference in your future use. If you want to avoid purchasing a light that may have been designed poorly, make sure that it says is has been Energy Star qualified.
Rebates for LED Bulbs: Utah and Nevada
Although there are a lot of similarities and overlap between these two states in terms of sunshine, arguments for going solar, and solar rebates, there are a few differences between Reno, Nevada, and Utah when it comes to LED bulbs and incentives.
Utah: Rocky Mountain Power – Looking Beyond the Scope of Solar
Currently customers of Rocky Mountain Power can Qualify for one of their rebate programs. Through Rocky Mountain Power’s Residential Efficiency Program is a reduced price for your lights if bought from their approved list.
There is a 140-page document that will tell you exactly which stores and products are qualified as well as what Rocky Mountain’s marked down price is. If you would like to look at their list in more detail you can go to their Qualified Bulbs and Fixtures page.
It is also important to note that although all the bulbs on this list are Energy Star certified, not all Energy Star bulbs qualify for these incentives. Although it’s a bit of a hassle double-checking, your light purchases can save you headaches in the future.
This list is updated monthly. It is recommended that you check with the individual retailer before you purchase the bulbs to make sure that they qualify.
Utah has its own incentive program via Wattsmart and Rocky Mountain Power, which can be used in conjunction with rooftop residential solar panels.
Solar arrays like LED bulbs at a first glance are seen as the more expensive option. With the state and federal tax credits in place, this price is drastically decreased. No down payment plans are also available for individuals.
This means that your solar purchase will not only save you money in the long run, but like an LED bulb, there are incentives to make it affordable now as well. If you would like to learn more about solar you can look at our Solar Panel Cost, ROI, and Rebates page.
Nevada: NV Energy Yet to Institute a Solar Plus Incentive LED
Unfortunately, Nevada doesn’t have any rebates setup for those that would like to switch efficient lighting in their home. However, through their Power Shift Program, they will give incentives to schools and other commercial buildings that make energy changes.
NV Energy’s Power Shift program also provides energy saving tips, free energy assessments, free smart thermostat, and A/C rebates. Although these won’t save you money on your LED purchases, they will help you save money on your electric bill in other ways.
Make A Change See The Benefits
Lights take up a noticeable chunk of your total energy costs. These possible savings make switching your incandescent bulbs a no-brainer.