87 percent of U.S. homeowners are using CFL or LED bulbs, says survey

A recent survey reveals that more homeowners across the United States are using compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) products to light their houses in lieu of incandescent alternatives. 

According to data from E Source, an objective research and advisory service, 87 percent of U.S. residences have CFL or LED bulbs inside their home, up from 86 percent in 2011. Of the individuals polled, 77 percent said that they are using at least three of the eco-friendly devices.

The survey – which involved studying 32,000 households nationwide to gain a better understanding of behaviors and attitudes regarding home electricity use – was a joint effort between E Source and The Nielsen Company. The research also indicated that LED bulbs are more commonly used among younger residents and that homeowners are more likely than renters to use multiple energy efficient lighting products. Respondents said that saving money was the primary motivation for making the switch to CFL and LED bulbs.

"These findings lead us to wonder, 'What would saturation levels look like if these energy efficient bulbs – particularly LEDs – were more affordable?'" stated Rachel Cooper, E Source's research manager, in the company's press release.

According to Energy Star, LED bulbs use at least 75 percent less power than incandescent lighting and last 35 to 50  times longer. With this in mind, many homeowners choose to make this upgrade, since it ultimately saves them money over time. If you're interested in learning about how this and other energy-efficient upgrades can help you switch to a more eco-friendly and cost-effective lifestyle, contact a home inspection contractor. They can perform an energy audit and help you determine where to get started.