Lighting Savings Tips

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Increasing your lighting efficiency in home or business is one of the fastest ways to decrease your energy bills. Read on for no-cost and low-cost ideas!

No Cost

  • Turn OFF unneeded lights. Avoid lighting an empty room.
  • Take advantage of natural light whenever possible. It is a myth that leaving lights on uses less energy than turning them off.
  • Adjust curtains and blinds to let in as much natural light as possible. Turn off signage and other lights not necessary for security and safety.
  • Remove unneeded light bulbs. Disconnect or remove lamps in multiple lamp fixtures.
  • Use task lighting instead of brightly lighting an entire room. Focus the light where you need it.
  • Keep light fixtures clean and dust free to eliminate hazy light. Dust, grease, and other dirt accumulations on lamps, lenses, globes and reflecting surfaces of the fixture can reduce light output by as much as 30%. You may find that you need fewer lamps or lower wattage bulbs.

Low Cost
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) use at least 66% less energy and last 6-10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs.
  • Install ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) in all fixtures, especially those you use most frequently, and save energy and money. If you replace at least 25% of your lights in high-use areas with CFLÂ’s, you can save about 50% of your lighting energy bill. The 5 highest use fixtures in a home are typically the kitchen ceiling light, the living room table and floor lamps, bathroom vanity, and outdoor porch or post lamp.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient CFLÂ’s and use 4-foot fluorescent fixtures with reflective backing and electronic ballasts for your workroom, garage and laundry room areas. Use 60% to 80% less energy by replacing torchiere fixtures using halogen lamps with more efficient compact fluorescent torchieres.
  • Consider three-way lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not necessary.
  • Install task lighting. For example, use fluorescent lights under-cabinet lighting for kitchen sinks and countertops. Use reading lamps for close-up work instead of ceiling lights.
  • Buy fixtures that have a dimmer, which allow you to manually adjust the intensity of light in a room. Because most lights use less electricity at lower settings, you do not need to pay for more light than you need. Dimmers can be used with screw-based dimmable fluorescent bulbs.
  • Use outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a timer so they will turn off during the day.
  • Install inexpensive solar-powered garden lights to light driveways and foot paths.