Free App Calculates Eco-Lighting Savings

Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:03am EDT

by Susan DeFreitas

Wonder how much money you could save each year by switching to a more energy efficient bulb? A new smartphone app from Eco Hatchery provides on-the-spot recommendations for energy efficient lighting equivalents to your old incandescents, allowing you to strategically replace old bulbs based on cost and payback - or, of course, replace all of your bulbs in one fell swoop.

The free Light Bulb Finder app was designed to help you do the math on energy efficiency in this realm, as well as to help you make the leap and actually purchase better bulbs, as it can create a shopping list for CFLs and LEDs online or at local retail stores.

Eco Hatchery notes that the BULB Act (H.R. 2417) is currently making its way through Congress would repeal the energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that were enacted in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 under President George W. Bush. But with the Light Bulb Finder, Eco Hatchery says, consumers don't need to wait for legislation to realize the savings of switching to energy-efficient lighting, which can save the average American household over $120 a year.

The Light Bulb Finder app is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices through their associated app stores.

Reprinted with permission from Earth Techling

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Comments (2)
peterdub wrote:
RE supposed light bulb Switch Savings

1. Regulators always take the most COMMONLY used lights and multiply
supposed savings accordingly. American 45-bulb household has many
other lights. Less usage means less savings, apart from breakage,
losses etc
( http://ceolas.net/#li13x onwards )

2. A typical CFL has twice the so-called power factor (not same as
power rating) of an incandescent, which means it
uses twice the energy at the power plant to what your meter says -
which you eventually have to pay for.

3. There are many other reasons, too many to cite here, why the
savings don’t hold either for society (less than 1% US energy usage,
2% grid electricity) or for consumers, using DOE and other official
statistics – Summary http://ceolas.net/#li171x
There are as seen much more relevant ways to save energy (in
generation, grid distribution, real consumption waste).

4. Not only do consumers pay more for the light bulbs as an initial
cost but are also being being forced to pay for them, via taxpayer CFL
programs.

5. Regardless of energy savings:
Little Money savings for consumers anyway.
That is because electricity companies are being subsidised (again by
consumers as taxpayers) or allowed to directly raise Bill rates, to
compensate for any reduced electricity use, as already seen both
federally and in California, Ohio etc, and before them in the UK and
other European countries
( as referenced http://ceolas.net/#californiacfl )

Of course,
saving energy or money isn’t the ONLY reason to choose anything
anyway, there are as said better ways to save energy,
and there are in this case light quality and other differences between
bulbs including regular v. halogen incandescents
(also noting that incandescent technology IS in fact effectively
banned, including the announced “New” Halogen etc replacements -
another Deception by the regulators – as anyone can see looking at the
Act itself, 45 lumen per Watt in Second phase enactment by Jan 1 2020
at the latest)

Jul 26, 2011 2:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ECOAPPZ wrote:
There is a similar app known as Eco Bulbz that calculates how much you save when replacing normal incandescent bulbs with energy saving bulbs. Heres a link to the paid version http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/eco-bulbz/id393190826?mt=8

Jul 27, 2011 8:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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