Lighting Savings Tips
No-to-Low Cost Improvements
- CFLs are about 75% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. LEDs are about 75% to 80% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Change out your old traditional incandescent bulbs with a new CFL or LED type lamps. Purchase ENERGY STAR® certified bulbs and educate yourself on the different color temperatures available so you purchase the best color light for your application.
- Garage lights and basement lights are often forgotten and left on all night. Consider installing a timer to help you save energy.
Improvements that Require Investments
- Motion detectors or timers on outside lighting eliminate leaving lights on all day when they are not needed.
- Replace your old ceiling fan and light kit with an ENERGY STAR® certified ceiling fan with CFL lights that will save energy.
- Standard CFLs don’t work with dimmer controls. There are, however, CFLs designed specifically for use with dimmers called cold cathode fluorescent lights, or CCFLs. CCFLs are dimmable and work well in motion sensors and areas where the light is turned on and off many times.
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