One of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills it to make a few simple improvements in your lighting plans. Using new technologies – all the rage right now in the lighting industry – can actually reduce your lighting energy use by 50% to 75%! That’s a huge savings! Can you just imagine what would happen if every home in America reduced their lighting energy by 50% - 75%?
Here are a few tips:
USE ENERGY EFFICIENT FLORESCENT LIGHTS!
Florescent lamps are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs and actually last 4 to 10 times longer. And although compact florescent bulbs cost a bit more than incandescent bulbs, they certainly pay for themselves by saving energy over their lifetime. So in areas of your home where you need to provide high- efficiency lighting, please make your next bulb purchase a compact florescent (CFL) lamp.
TURN OFF YOUR LIGHTS!
Such a simple solution, and yet sometimes so hard to accomplish! When you’re not using a room, lights off! And if it’s hard for you to remember, then consider installing timers, photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on!
USE TASK LIGHTING!
What an effective solution to energy savings. Take a critical look at your room, and rather than brightly lighting the entire room, consider designing an effective task lighting plan!
THREE WAY LAMPS/BULBS!
Here’s another great way to keep your lighting a low levels. The soft glow and ambience created in the evening by dimly lit lamps is definitely appealing to the eye.