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Easy tips to save energy (and money!)

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Easy tips to save energy (and money!)

It’s estimated that we spend, on average, 10-15% of our electric bills on lighting.

But there are many ways to reduce your home’s electric bill with a more energy efficient approach to your lighting. Saving lighting energy requires either reducing electricity consumed by the light bulbs and light fixtures, or reducing the length of time that the lights are on.

Here are some ways to reduce electricity use:

  • Lower your wattage by replacing bulbs or entire fixtures; specifically, replace inefficient incandescent bulbs with incandescent/halogen bulbs or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, which produce 3-4 times more light for the same amount of energy. They also last about 10 times longer than incandescents;
  • For the greatest efficiency, install fluorescents in places where they will be on for several hours at a time;
  • Low voltage (12 volt) systems and LED lighting are the preferred energy efficient option for landscape lighting. LED and CFL bulbs can also be used in most exterior light fixtures;
  • The Energy Star rating on light fixtures, ceiling fans, and bulbs provides absolute assurance you are purchasing products of the highest energy efficiency.

To reduce the amount of time you’re using lights, consider these strategies:

  • Install lighting controls with dimmers, photocells or occupancy sensors. Dimmers reduce the amount of energy consumed and output of lights and increase bulbs’ service life. Photocells turn lights on and off in response to natural light levels, for example: turning them on at dusk and off at dawn. Occupancy sensors activate lights when someone enters or exits a room or an area like a closet.
  • Appoint someone in your household to turn off lights, set the thermostat and ensure windows and doors are closed when the heat or air conditioning is on.

You can also save on electrical costs associated with space heating and cooling with a ceiling fan. Household electrical costs associated with space heating and cooling are in the range of 35-45%. Using a ceiling fan can help cool your home in the summer and distribute heated air in winter.

Although it’s difficult to place an exact savings amount related to the use of ceiling fans, it’s an established fact that ceiling fans can help to reduce electrical costs by creating greater efficiency in how we heat and cool our home environments. Especially in summer, it’s often more comfortable to turn off the air-conditioner at night, and use a ceiling fan at low speed in the bedroom.