Making improvements to your lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. An average household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting. Using new lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50% to 75%.
Indoor Lighting Tips
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label when purchasing these products.
- Turn off the lights in any room you’re not using, or consider installing timers, photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.
- Consider three-way lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not necessary.
- Use 4-foot fluorescent fixtures with reflective backing and electronic ballasts for your workroom, garage, and laundry areas.
- Consider using 4-watt minifluorescent or electro-luminescent night lights.
- Use energy saving lights in all the portable table and floor lamps in your home.
Outdoor Lighting Tips
- Use outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a motion sensor.
- Turn off decorative outdoor natural gas lamps.
- Exterior lighting is one of the best places to use energy saving lights because of their long life.
- Also consider high-intensity discharge (also called HID) or low-pressure sodium lights.