Light Bulb Finder, a free app for Android and iOS smartphones made by Eco Hatchery, won EPA's Apps for the Environment - and for good reason. It makes the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs incredibly simple. And you can use it on whatever platform you have - iPhone, iPad, Droid phones, Droid tablets...
Not only does it recommend energy-saving bulbs that work for your light quality and fit specifications, but also it provides you with information about how much you're saving in energy costs (calculated by zip code).
To see just how easy this app is to operate, I tried it out on my Droid X2.
First: fixture. I'll look for something to fit my overhead kitchen light.
Second: bulb type. I have a standard incandescent one in right now.
Third: base type. Mine is just a regular ol' Edison Screw.
Fourth: features, between dimming, 3-way, and on/off. Mine is a basic on/off.
Fifth: wattage. 60.
Sixth: bulb usage. I'd say five hours per day.
Seventh: quantity needed. I need two.
Finally it asks me to nickname the location where these bulbs are needed so I know for future reference. I said, "Kitchen."
Presto... I need a CFL Twister ENERGY STAR. It'll run me $4.82 per bulb, and I'll end up saving $45 over the lifetime of the bulb.
Easy walkthrough. Easy recommendation. Easy cash savings. And a super easy way to conserve energy.
It's free, so why not try it out for yourself?
Need more details? Check out their video:
via Challenge.gov, lightbulbfinder.net