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