It seems like everyone is going green these days and an eco-friendly home with energy-efficient lighting is a great place to start! An average household dedicates about 10% – 20% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. It is easy to instantly reduce your energy consumption but, how do you go about making changes? Here are a few energy saving tips:
Replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home with energy-saving bulbs could save you about $50 per year.
– Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs). CFL bulbs last about 10 times longer and consume less energy than a standard incandescent bulbs. LEDs use only about 20%-25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
– For the greatest savings, replace your old incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR-qualified bulbs.
– High use areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, outdoor fixtures can benefit greatly with CFLs or LEDs.
– Replace dimmable incandescent light bulbs with dimmable CFLs.
– When remodeling look for recessed cans rated for contact with insulation and are airtight preventing leakage
– Look for outdoor fixtures that use either CFLs or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and are motion sensor or photocell activated.