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- Increasing your lighting efficiency is one of the fastest ways to decrease
- energy bills. If you replace 25% of your lights in high-use areas with
- fluorescents, you can save about 50% of your lighting energy bill.
- Indoor Lighting
- Use linear fluorescent and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps
- in fixtures throughout your home to provide high-quality and high-efficiency
- lighting. Fluorescent lamps are much more efficient than incandescent
- and last 6 to 10 times longer. Although fluorescent and compact fluorescent
- lamps are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, they pay for themselves
- saving energy over their lifetime.
- Indoor Lighting Tips
- Turn off the lights in any room you're not using, or consider
- photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your
- Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room,
focus the light
- where you need it. For example, use fluorescent under-cabinet lighting
- kitchen sinks and countertops under cabinets.
- Consider three-way lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting
- when brighter light is not necessary.
- Use 4-foot fluorescent fixtures with reflective backing and
- for your workroom, garage, and laundry areas.
- Consider using 4-watt mini-fluorescent or electro-luminescent
- Both lights are much more efficient than their incandescent counterparts.
- luminescent lights are cool to the touch.
- Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
- These compact fluorescent
- bulbs are four times more
- energy efficient than
- incandescent bulbs and
- provide the same lighting.
- Use CFLs in all the portable
- table and floor lamps in your
- home. Consider carefully the
- size and fit of these systems
- when you select them. Some home fixtures may not accommodate some of
- larger CFLs.
- For spot lighting, consider CFLs with reflectors. The lamps
range in wattage
- from 13-watt to 32-watt and provide a very directed light using a reflector
- lens system.
- Take advantage of daylight by using light-colored, loose-weave
- your windows to allow daylight to penetrate the room while preserving
- Also, decorate with lighter colors that reflect daylight.
- Torchiere Lamp
- Halogen lamps generate excessive
- heat that can create fire hazards. Use
- compact fluorescent lamps in your
- torchiere fixtures. They are safer and use
- much less energy.
- If you have torchiere fixtures with halogen
- lamps, consider replacing them with
- compact fluorescent torchieres. Compact
- fluorescent torchieres use 60% to 80% less
- energy and can produce more light (lumens)
- than the halogen torchieres.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing these products.
- Outdoor Lighting
- Many homeowners use outdoor lighting for decoration and security. When
- shopping for outdoor lights, you will find a variety of products, from
- low-voltage pathway lighting to high-sodium motion-detector floodlights.
- Some stores also carry lights powered by small photovoltaic (PV) modules
- convert sunlight directly into electricity; consider PV-powered lights
- that are not close to an existing power supply line.
- Outdoor Lighting Tips
- Use outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a timer so they
will turn off during
- the day.
- Turn off decorative outdoor gas lamps; just eight gas lamps
- round use as much natural gas as it takes to heat an average-size home
- an entire winter.
- Exterior lighting is one of the best places to use CFLs because
of their long
- life. If you live in a cold climate, be sure to buy a lamp with a cold-weather
- For more information on energy-efficient lighting, contact:
- ENERGY STAR®,
- (888) STAR-YES (782-7937)
- U.S. Department of Energy's
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC), (800)
- DOE-EREC (363-3732), and Network (EREN).