BRIGHT IDEAS: ALA GIVES YOU THE 'GREEN LIGHT'
7/5/2012 12:00 AM
Lighting uses 7 - 10 percent of the total energy consumed in a home. Here are a few ways you can reduce your electric energy consumption from lighting:
- Use dimmers.
- Use photoelectric lighting controls, such as motion or occupancy sensors or timers to turn outdoor lighting on and off automatically.
- Use the more efficient PAR bulbs, especially for task and accent lighting. A 50-watt PAR30 bulb produces more than three times more light than a 65-watt BR30 bulb.
- Use energy-saving LED or fluorescent bulbs wherever possible. They produce significantly more light for every watt consumed compared to incandescent sources, and now have excellent color qualities equal to incandescent sources.
- Look for products with the ENERGY STAR® symbol.
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