Lighting Overview 
 
For Electric Customers

Lighting is found in all areas of the home including, basement, attic, outdoors, attached buildings, yard lighting and decorative lighting, just to name a few, providing many opportunities to save energy.

Energy wasters can be found in every room from bathroom light bars with 12 sockets to forgetting to shut off lights in the garage. Outside security lighting normally turns on from dusk to dawn but a bad sensor can cause the lighting to stay on for weeks until it is replaced or repaired. Installing timers and motion detectors save energy by leaving the lights off when they are not needed.
 
A simple easy way to use less energy is to use compact fluorescent lights or CFLs. CFLs use 25% of the energy of a traditional incandescent lamp. Another type of energy efficient lamp, LEDs, or light emitting diode lamp, use 20% to 25% of the energy of an incandescent bulb for a 75% to 80% savings.

Using CFLs in recessed-can down lights require specific CFLS made for recessed fixtures as other types of CFLs don’t perform well in recessed, enclosed fixtures due to heat build-up which shorten their life span. Reflector lamps (R-20, R-30, BR-38, etc.) are used in downlights and 120v track lights.
 
An energy audit, which is sometimes called an evaluation or an assessment, is another way to find energy saving opportunities. The energy audit, conducted by a trained energy auditor, will detect which areas of your home are using the most energy. This qualified auditor will look at lighting inside and out and make lighting recommendations and suggestions on other ways to save energy.

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