Check out this map for which cities are buying the most LEDs & CFLs

LEDs from Cree (not the ones being used by Xfinity Home)

Home Depot is the largest retailer of light bulbs in the world, so it’s got a birds eye view on who’s buying next-generation light bulbs — both LEDs and compact fluorescents — in which cities throughout the U.S. The company took sales data for over 2013 and census data and created this heat map-style data visualization showing off the top 10 and top 50 cities that bought energy-efficient light bulbs per capita.

Home Depot light bulb mapThe top 10 cities aren’t all that surprising: some coasts, big cities, and environmental-leaning and progressive places. The top 10 markets for energy-efficient bulb consumption per capita are:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington D.C.

But more surprising is what cities were left off the per capita list:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York City, NY

In fact New York didn’t even make it in the Top 50.

But on a total energy-efficient light bulb consumption basis Chicago, and Los Angeles came out on top.

A few more surprising cities did surface on the Top 50 per capita list:

  • Fayetteville, AR
  • McAllen, TX
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Waco, TX

What’s driving these smaller cities? Rebates — 27 of the Top 50 markets offer a rebate for purchasing LEDs or CFLs. This year companies in the U.S. started phasing out the incandescent light bulb, and by next year inefficient bulbs will be harder to find.

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