Make Earth Day every day with a switch to LED bulbs

The annual Earth Day celebration was a perfect reminder for customers to embrace lifestyle changes that improve the health of the planet. One easy change that saves energy and cuts greenhouse gases is replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs. Before shopping for LEDs though, consumers need to be aware that not all LEDs are created equal. 

“We’re excited so many customers are making the switch to LEDs,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy. “But it’s important for them to know that just picking a bulb marked ‘LED’ isn’t enough. To get the best bulb at a great price, they need to look for two things: the ENERGY STAR product label and the Be Bright logo.”

The ENERGY STAR label means an LED has stood up to rigorous, independent third-party testing and delivers:

  • Exceptional energy efficiency by using at least 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and not using energy when the bulb is turned off
  • A minimum three-year warranty and life span that is up to 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb
  • Excellent color quality and light output
  • Verified compliance with more than 20 industry standards and procedures
  • UL-listing for fire safety, meaning it must meet stringent Underwriters Laboratories safety standards, similar to those for smoke and carbon dioxide detectors

Consumers will also see lower maintenance costs with ENERGY STAR-certified LEDs because bulbs have an exceptionally long life and won’t break like a standard incandescent bulb. Plus, LEDs can now be used in more places than ever as they come in a wider range of sizes and colors, and are available with features such as automatic daylight shut-off, motion detection and dimming capabilities. 

ENERGY STAR makes it simple to help customers choose the best bulb, color and brightness. Learn more about what bulb is the best fit for you and what to look for when shopping by visiting the ENERGY STAR website.

About MidAmerican Energy Co.
MidAmerican Energy Co. is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska . It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Co.'s website.

Information from MidAmerican Energy Co.
April 2017