LED bulbs leading the way in energy efficient lighting

As energy efficiency becomes more commonplace among Americans – particularly with the White House pushing new efficiency standards onto commercial products and appliances – many are likely left wondering how they can jump on the green bandwagon themselves. Although the economy may be recovering, family budgets are still tight and many homeowners may not want to invest into major renovation projects to save on their utility bills.

But there are many simpler, smaller and more affordable options available to anyone that can go a long way in cutting back on both energy expenses and harmful environmental impacts. One of the most prominent examples is simply swapping out your home's lights with more efficient LED bulbs.

CBS Atlanta reports that the typical incandescent light bulb is on its last legs, with production on these 60 and 40 watt models slated to end in January 2014. This is great news for aspiring eco-friendly homeowners, though, since – as the news affiliate so candidly puts it – "incandescent bulbs are really only cheaper if you never turn them on."

According to the source, the average incandescent bulb requires $8 per year in electricity costs, significantly more so than the $1.70 needed to power an LED bulb. And while LED bulbs may be expensive to buy, they still manage to yield approximately $125 of savings in lifetime energy expenses and replacement costs. Even better, LED bulbs are tested proven to last for decades and, unlike their CFL cousins, can light up instantly and even offer dimming options.

Swapping in new lights isn't the only tool available to create more energy efficient homes. Homeowners in the Virginia area can schedule an appointment with Virginia home inspectors to analyze their property and assess any further ways they can both improve efficiency and save money.